Tanzania President President Samia Suluhu Hassan.[ Photo: Bloomberg.com]
The Tanzanian government is reviewing a newly imposed levy on mobile money following a public outcry.
The tax called “patriotism levy” which took effect on 15th of July 2021, imposes additional charges every time payments are sent or received via phones.
This is after being approved by the country’s parliament.
However on Monday, Finance Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said President Samia Suluhu Hassan instructed the ministry 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,” he said Nchemba.
The government has been defending the levy despite criticism, saying it will be used to fund development projects, such as providing running water in schools.
The new fees have also been widely criticized as unfairly targeting Tanzania’s poor citizens.