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Finance Minister Ncube Explains The Proposed US$50 Cellphone Levy

Finance Minister Ncube Explains The Proposed US$50 Cellphone Levy

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has explained the proposed US$50 cellphone levy which he said would apply to individuals who would have failed to pay duty on imported cellphones.

Ncube’s original proposal, which he made in the 2022 national budget, triggered a public outcry with Members of Parliament threatening to reject the Budget.

But during the debate on the Finance Bill in the Senate on Tuesday, Ncube said the US$50 levy was a mechanism to enforce the payment of the 25% duty. He said:

When it comes to other electronic gadgets, we have actually reduced the duty to zero. The only duty remaining is the 25% duty on phones.  So what is the problem we trying to solve? The problem we are trying to solve is that no duty of 25% is being paid by anyone who is bringing phones into the country. Why? Because these are small gadgets, you put them in your pocket or wherever in your handbag and you pass through the border.  No duty is paid.

We are not collecting anything.  What we are trying to do is to design a mechanism that can enforce the payment of the 25% duty, hence this 50% levy.  It is only payable if you cannot prove that you have paid the 25% duty.  So it is not a duty, it is an enforcement mechanism to enforce the payment of the duty which already exists in the first place.

Senator Chief Ndlovu proposed that the Finance ministry should scrap off the levy or lower the payable levy as citizens were having challenges to reclaim the funds they would have paid to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).

Ndlovu added that companies that have got millions of dollars struggle to get their money from ZIMRA adding that was going to be worse for someone who is travelling from rural areas to come and claim a US$50 fee.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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17 Comments

Smeagle 8 months ago

Uyu akurwara uyu hatichide chilevy chake and hatibhadhare


Kakistocracy 🤣 Muchakaka 8 months ago

Ende achiri kutoramba achitanda tsinga dzemusoro nepahuro kuzama kutsanangura nekurwira pfungwa yakadhakwa nekirango kana kitoko kudaro. Mutoriro sooo ka...hausi right.
Pasi nechilevy ichi.
Kusada kungobvuma chete kuti ndakatadza kufunga. Ah nhaimi.


Kakistocracy 🤣 Muchakaka 8 months ago

Kusada kungobvuma chete kuti ndakatadza kufunga. Ah nhaimi.
Ukaita propose something paruzhinji chonzi hachiiti ndiwe wanzi hauiiti here? Haaa Chiremba ava ka. Heyyyyyy.


Confucius🙄Confuse-us. 8 months ago

One thing I know is that a lot of our parliamentarians, with the exception of a few like ana Mliswa, are sleeping in parliament and ndivana YES MA'AM AND YES MAN so this thing is likely going to see the lights of day


Two Boy 8 months ago

The way Ncube is explaining is not what he originally said. He's economic with the truth.


KODZO WA MWAKO 8 months ago

WE DON'T WANT THAT LEVY PLEASE PROFESSOR.

THAT'S CORRUPTION.
YOU WILL VIOLATING THE RIGHT TO COMMUNICATION.

IF YOU SEE THE WHOLE MINISTERS OPPOSING YOUR POINT, IT MEANS THAT IT'S A NONSENSE ONE.

DO NOT PUSH OTHER MPs TO FOLLOW WHAT YOU LIKE.
THAT'S 100% CORRUPTION.

WE DON'T LIKE THAT


Mujumba 8 months ago

Akatumwa nanambwa ava kuti ngatitsvagei mari dzema campaign nekubira vanhu manje unolumila majaira kungoisa twumitemo njeee 2% iya makaita ma millionaire ikozvino mafunga rimwe zano vana vasatan chaivo vanhu vasina tsitsi nevanhu moda kuramba muchingosvina vanhu chete haaaaaa fakof mhani shit ibvai apaaa


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Doroguru 8 months ago

I may not be a professor but sorry Prof,this idea needs to be condemned with the contempt it deserves and no amount of sugar coating it can make Zimbos agree to such a comical idea


### 8 months ago

Pic iro 😆😆😆


Dhiniwe 8 months ago

Ngaapinde hake mukomana


Shadows 8 months ago

Ncube had been doing well, BT APA eish . a bad advise. He is even failing to explain himself KT arikuda kunyatsotii. Hamungagone zvese minister. APA maposha. Zvinowanikwa


Figo 8 months ago

Who inserts the heading pics??....nice


Imwe mbeu 8 months ago

$50 US maCoin kwamuri ka, isu $1 reBundle unotochengeya gore rese seXmas box. Anyways tamirira kunzwa kuti Gafa rodii na10 mangwana, pamwe zvikoro zvikuvharwa 😆


Economist 8 months ago

Whatever explanation the honourable minister may try put forward, $50 levy on every phone regardless of it's cost value is just weird and too much, enough to buy 5 mbudzi phones, or 1 new itel smartphone. In short the levy is unreasonably high. Looks like everything is going to be taxed just to boast of another huge budget🤔


Layla 8 months ago

Kana muchida kudyiwa ma elections itai izvozvo


Chapwititi 8 months ago

Ma $50 USD tirikumada,because vanhu vose takakuvhurisai maVOSTRO Accounts.


Tk 8 months ago

Haya zvakaoma apa ndoshandira 50 usd ndipo pame fees ,food,rent, and transpot mowedzera fon pamusoro futi zvakaoma zvinhu zvacho ka zvotorakidza kuti havana tsitsi



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