ZAMBIA’S Cabinet has introduced a passed the new law requiring Zambians to pay taxes for internet calls media. Zambia’s taxman will charge a 30 Ngwee per day tariff on internet phone calls.
It is not clear when the new controversial and seemingly draconian tax law will take into effect. However, many people have expressed their frustration over the new tax. Many took to the same social media platforms to express their rage.
Journalist and media studies scholar Clayson Hamasaka in his post on social media wrote;
“The question is: Will WhatsApp and Skype allow this since they promised clients free calls? In fact all internet calls are not free because charges are incurred through internet connection fees. E.g. two ways to get internet connection which allows one to make internet calls: a) through sim card bundles, and b) WiFi, When one uses WiFi all internet activities will be borne by the WiFi subscriber and it is calculated in bytes used rather than in type of activity. To download a huge file or update might be more expensive than making a call depending on the bytes involved. So how will the K0.30 be triggered since a call is just bytes used? Does Zamtel, MTN, Aitel, etc have a monitoring system for WhatsApp activities for every subscriber? Will they be able to print the WhatsApp call list to determine my usage and receipt my costs incurred on WhatsApp calls? Will WhatsApp or Facebook or Skype or Boom allow the Zambian Government to hack their sites for such private information? And we are told the taxes on whatsapp calls are meant to save jobs at the mobile phone providers. When taxes are collected, they are used by government. So how does the money get to the mobile service providers since government will be collecting the money as taxes and going into the government treasury and not mobile service providers.” He posted.
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) intercepts four trucks carrying assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the authority has seized 7, 030 x 50 Kg bags of maize, and 3,645 x 25 Kg of mealie meal which was smuggled in Chingola, Chipata, Chirundu, and Kasumbalesa.
And Sikalinda says the authority has also intercepted four (04) of assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million.
In a statement, Sikalinda said the consignments were declared at Chanida Border as cleaning materials by using an additional procedure code for Chipata General Hospital in order to enjoy an exemption from taxes.
He said alert ZRA officers intercepted the consignments in Katete and inspected the trucks.
Sikalinda said during the inspection, officers found that the trucks were loaded with assorted body lotions contrary to what was declared as cleaning materials for the hospital.
“Investigations have revealed that this is a pure case of smuggling through False Declaration, False Representation, Misclassifications, Document falsification and abuse of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) contrary to the customs and excise Act Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.
Meanwhile, Sikalinda said ZRA has further seized 1044 x 50 Kgs of Maize Bran, and 261 x 20 litres of Cooking oil, and another 1,176 x 6 x 2 litres of cooking oil which was smuggled through various border points.
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.
Liquid Telecom Zambia to sponsor the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards
THE PUSH Women Network is pleased to announce that Liquid Telecom Zambia is a sponsor of the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Liquid has supported The PUSH Women Network’s platform created to celebrate women who are defying the odds. Their continued support is testament of the company’s determination to rally behind the call for gender equity and equality as well as their resolve to support leading women who are achieving excellence in their respective fields.
Speaking when he met PUSH Executive Director Colonel Mwizukanji Namwawa and the Network Board Secretary Mutumu Nzala Mwape, Liquid Chief Executive Officer, Mark Townsend Said “Liquid Telecom is committed to elevating and highlighting women and more specifically the various roles they hold in the ICT sector. We are therefore proud to sponsor the ICT award at this year’s PUSH Women Awards because women in this field serve as role models for young girls who are considering a future in ICT and prove that women are capable of anything. Some of these women form key parts of Liquid Telecom Zambia’s operations, from Supply Chain Management to Enterprise and Legal to Customer Care. It is therefore a pleasure to be part of this progressive initiative.”
The PUSH Women Awards are the gold standard of award ceremonies in the country and showcase a premium class, signature styled event akin to no other. The PUSH Women Network is therefore pleased to have the support of corporate partners like Liquid Telecom Zambia in staging this occasion .