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Citizens Call For The Scrapping Of Cellphone Levy

Citizens Call For The Scrapping Of Cellphone Levy

Citizens have backed a call by Members of Parliament for Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube to scrap the proposed US$50 cellphone levy as it would make it expensive to access information.

Ncube announced the new tax last month during his 2022 National Budget Presentation.

He proposed to “introduce a levy of US$50 which will be collected prior to registration of new cellular handsets by Mobile Network Providers.”

Ncube argued that despite the fact that cellphones attracted a 25 per cent duty, funds realised from the imported gadgets showed evasion of the customs duty as the mobile phones were “easily concealed.”

Media scholar Clayton Moyo advised Ncube to be creative and find other ways of increasing revenue without taxing cell phones. Said Ncube:

It is a terrible idea to levy taxation on new gadgets, I think the finance minister, should be creative around taxation.

As to where he should get his money, I don’t know but it must be far away from these gadgets that have increased access to information in the communities.

We have made strides as a country in terms of getting more people to communicate to share information. This is not progressive at all!

A high school tutor, Marilyn Ncube, said the cellphone levy will kill communication as phones, laptops and data were already expensive. She said:

Smartphones, high tech laptops plus the cost of data are very expensive. Now add more taxation levy, this will kill our communication and us in the process.

Mobile operators are constantly raising the cost of data which is now a luxury. The government must scrap this cellphone levy.

Media Southern Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe said the digital divide between low-income earners and high-income earners continued to widen.  

MISA implored the government, Parliament and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), to make sure that universal access to technology and the internet becomes a reality.

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19 Comments

BuJu 5 months ago

Mtuli Kube or Kuba; bvunzawo vana Biti manotes kwete kuti kanwa madhakwa neMarula yekuBindura moona vanhu kunge vana venyu; zivai kuti kukubvisa pachigaro azvitore 2hrs; think before u act nyamazha; NYIKA NDEYEDU AHIS YAKO, US$ nderedu aris rako, ko wadii wambotryer kutamba njuga kuMwoors myb ungaita mari not kuda kubira vanhu zvakadhata kudero, mazuva edu kuchikoro ndimi vanhu vataiisa msoro mchemba kut ufunge zvakanaka. MIND YR HOKOSO


Leader of the youths (jnr) 5 months ago

Dai mwari apindirawo abatsira chembere iyi yekumari haaachazive panogumira huGurukota hwake ..apa kwakushaiisha uku 50 usa yekudiiii yakawandisa iyi plus cellphone levy hatiide ndeyei nyika ine mari iyi vakuda kutsvaka imwe nenzira dzisidzooo dai vati 50 mbuya nehanda (bond) its better than zvavakutauura izviii puriiiiziiii hazviko izvi potse potse 2022 paMid term review muchati tave ne sim levy ftiii ..please kumari uko garai pasi mufunge zvakanaka


Baba Titie 5 months ago

Eeeeh ngavabude zvakanaka ana muthuli 2023 kwete kutora ZIM senyika yemaricho #2023NHMZIVAPEKUVHOTERAMBAVHADZIENDE


JUNGLE 5 months ago

Mtuvi nyuve wakutita vanhu vako maybe waida kuti 50 bond coz ndoyawakagadzira

Itel A16 5 months ago

Haaa saka hatichatengwi kaa isu


^#&#&#**#* 5 months ago

Say no 2 drugs plz 2


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Jambanja.com 5 months ago

It really defies logic, how can a civil servant pay a us$50 duty, yet he/she is being paid $rtg salary. Mthuli must be examine maybe he is now insane.


Zvenyika 5 months ago

That surely qualifies him for a visit to a psychiatrist

Mr Tsodido 5 months ago

Before we talk of the tax, how many civil servants afford decent smartphones. Look at us teachers for example. A lot have tumbudzi chaitwo ko kana tax yaitwa added?


Jumbo 5 months ago

Kwasara kubhadhara kufema oxygen


Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 5 months ago

Hayaaaa a whole processor ah I mean professor kuita propose zvakadaro. Ummm pamwe pacho unotozoshaya kuti saka wakadzidzei. It seems to me some of these guys are in Zimbabwe sevanhu vari kubasa and kwavanoti kumba kwavanonyatsa kunzwisisa how people are living kunze kwenyika. That's why vamwe vachizoti mhuri dzavo dziri out. Like seriously ndoti itel ye$10 plus $50 tax on top.
Ah this is quite embarrassing...


J C 5 months ago

Asi blaz vekumari avo makati dzirimo hr ndivo vakaramba kut ma us ashande muno vakti 50 us yei nayo fti vadii vati fifty ina mbuya nehanda iya


Real mbada 5 months ago

Lol... Haunyepi mafuse avo akatsva

Sponono 5 months ago

Vakomana havazivi kuti tirivanhu vakuomerwa. Hayaa Zim 🤒 inodzimba


Black Jack 5 months ago

Tax yacho yava expensive. Don't forget the controversial 2% tax kunezvinhu zvatinotenga kuma shops, for everyone. Yema cellphones should be scrapped. Its our way of communication


Madala Banda 5 months ago

Hello gyz can someone explain to me kuti cellphone leavy iyi inobatwa sei


ITEL MBUDZI 5 months ago

ITEL MBUDZI $10 + $50 KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Chogu fire03°^∆ 5 months ago

Current phone price plus $50 tax example.. A56 itel =$61+$50
Price=$111

People Of Various Opinions 5 months ago

Hatizvidi.....ngazviende



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