Members of Parliament have discussed the government’s plans to hike the mobile data tax (SMS) during several debates on the 2015/16 national budget during the Lilongwe capital.
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Malawi’s Karonga MP, Malani Mtonga, says it is “sad” that the excise taxes on text message and data on mobile phones could affect the most economically active group of young Malawians.
“I think this measure is a bit extreme,” he said, “I yourself would not want to be categorised as a criminal.”
The Minister of Information has called on the Finance Minister to scrap the “information levy” in its entirety, arguing that it will defeat the government’s effort to make telecommunications affordable.
And after the MRA instructed that the increased phone tariffs were suspended; one operator announced that should the increase be implemented as planned by July 1, it will be disallowed.
The MP was also confused. All these Cabinet ministers were speaking out of turn, he said. He asked whether some consultations had been held prior to the Budget speech to avoid possible conflicts. He felt that he should have been involved in those consultations.
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As a former first lady and a member of Parliament representing Balaka West, Shanil studied the recent implementation of a tax on SMS and mobile data to determine whether the revenue would be used to improve the settlement of Nigerians in countries with infrastructure to match. In an endeavor to find out how genuine the revenue was, she approached those who would be affected the most by the change, and their answers
Most citizens do not have access to airtime, which is a great disservice to make SMS luxury purchases for citizens, the government official in charge said.
As digital art and the gig economy continues to grow along with the internet use in the developing world is growing daily, it was recently revealed that the worldwide digital communication tax may be extended to customers who use the internet to transfer data. The tax will impact private internet service such as phone, instant messages, and mobile.
SMS and internet tax is certainly a serious problem, mainly because so many people are excluded from using their cellphone technologies as they have already paid for them.
“Communication and information are critical ingredients for a functioning democracy, because they are the means by which citizens understand the world around them. Those who are confused and blinded will not be able to participate
An adopted 16-year-old boy in Malawi pays the highest tariffs to access communication services in the region, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) December 2014 report.