15% Excise Duty on Telephone and Internet Data Services

Extremely worrying considering that basic government services such as
drivers licences, land transfers, parking, licence fees etc MUST be done
online. There is nothing luxurious about communication services to warrant
such high excise duty.
I am waiting to hear from service providers and independent regulators on
the effects of these taxes on pre Big 4 goals such as universal access….

Il giorno mer 19 set 2018 alle ore 14:25 Mwanah Cephas Okoth via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> ha scritto:

> Totally unacceptable and not a proper solution to the revenue deficit.Its
> obvious that any arising costs to service providers will be dumped on the
> consumers additionally and largely affecting employmnet and connectivity of
> wananchi.
>
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:14 AM kanini mutemi via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Dear Listers,
>>
>> Here is an excerpt from the President’s Memorandum which is up for
>> consideration before the National Assembly tomorrow. He proposes taxation
>> of telephone and internet data services. Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom etc do
>> you have a projection of what this could mean for your consumers?
>>
>> Now I am only but a simple lawyer, but I would think that this will
>> enlarge the chasm between the haves and have nots in an already inequitable
>> country. I wonder what this will mean for data costs, internet access and
>> penetration levels, innovation, employment (esp for the youth) and
>> generally keeping up with the new age. It was laughable when this was
>> happening in Uganda, little did we know we were up next.
>>
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