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MPs Oppose Finance Minister's Proposed US$50 Cellphone Tax

MPs Oppose Finance Minister's Proposed US$50 Cellphone Tax

Members of Parliament on Tuesday opposed a proposal by Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube to introduce a US$50 tax on cell phones.

Prof Ncube presented the 2022 national budget before Parliament last Thursday and proposed the introduction of the US$50 duty on cell phones.

MPs and analysts attending a post-Budget seminar said the move will discourage the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Senate Deputy President Lieutenant-General (Retired) Mike Nyambuya also proposed a review of the cell phone levy saying efforts should be made to promote e-learning. He said:

The levy of US$50 on cell phone handsets to be collected will discourage the use ICTs especially at a time when we want to speed up e-learning in remote areas.

I therefore, call upon the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to review the levy proposal on cell phones. Other countries are actually zero rating these gadgets to support usage in line with the digital revolution so that ‘no one is left behind.

Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira said the cell phone tax proposal had been rejected at the pre-budget seminar held in Victoria Falls last month. He said:

We rejected the proposal and I am surprised that he included it in the budget. What does it mean to the adoption of e-learning?

Norton legislator Mr Temba Mliswa (Independent) urged MPs not to pass the budget, saying it was unrealistic.

Economist Dr Gift Mugano said the new tax was harsh and against the spirit of a digital economy that the Government was promoting.

More: The Herald


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11 Comments

Chinos 5 months ago

Mukawonawo zvinorambwa naCharumbira chaiye, kuratidza kuti paita chidofo chekupedzisira.


Chidzero 5 months ago

"We have always argued that the class of 2018 is the worst Government in the history of Governments"-TB. Tiri kungozvionera tega.


Chitambira c.c. 5 months ago

Unbelievable!..Mthuli Shoko Honda kuti todii...??? Kana zvakarambwa ku Vic Falls saka akutuma kuti uzviise pamberi pedare ndiani?...futi 2 percent tax ye ma transactions yamakati ndeye gore zvatifadza permanent...shuwa tirikuvhomorerwa kodzero dzedu zvishoma zvishoma...zvimwe tichirambao..torai US1000 levy kumakambani ema China atekeshera mumyika..tax each Chinese who enters into Zim...


Jim moyo 5 months ago

Chasara kuisa oxygen levy for every single person and you have to have it on person. Zanupf yasvika pamuganhu. Maybe it's raising funds for their 2023 election campaign.


King Kong 5 months ago

Vakuda kut tiite zvetsamba ... 😂😂


MZimba 5 months ago

Kana muchinzwa mateacher achichema you think kuti vanonetsa, these guys are invading everyone slowly makavarairwa. Next year they'll introduce tax for having a child. We have to support all who are fighting for anything better in our country


Tools 5 months ago

These guys don't think about pple they just think about money n all that stuff that they can take by all means from us. To be honest this is not living a life in a country this is surviving in the jungle


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Tk 5 months ago

Mtuli neteam ravo vanyanya manje apa mukuramba duty remari yenyu munoda forex kuvana vamukutambirisa nzungu in local nonsence rtgs


Taďzwi Blessing 5 months ago

Yayaya aaaa ma1 Isu kungotarisa nokuteerera toona kwazvinosvika ukamhanyisana nebenzi unonzi ndiwe benzi


Gogodera 5 months ago

Hameno tinonyorerana tsamba mabhazi awanda torega kuita bp


Imwe mbeu 5 months ago

MaPost Office tovhara toshandisa maZupco 10bond 😂😂😂 new dispensation


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