DODOMA, 26 July 2021 – The government of Tanzania says it is reviewing a new levy on mobile money which has triggered a public outcry.
The levy imposes additional charges every time that payments are sent or received via cellular phones.
Tanzania’s parliament approved the tax which became effective last July 15.
On Monday, the country’s finance minister, Mwigulu Nchemba, said his ministry has been instructed by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan to look into the matter.
“I urge Tanzanians to remain calm as the government works on the matter… Their complaints have reached the president, and she is concerned about the cries of the people,” Mwigulu Nchemba told reporters.
He accused unnamed individuals whom he said were “misleading” Tanzanians by arguing that the government did not respect existing laws in imposing the additional charges.
The finance minister appealed for patience as his department reviews the matter.
The Tanzanian government said the extra charges will be used to fund development projects, including providing safe drinking water in schools.