Anger as Zambia announces tax on internet calls

Increased popularity of internet telephony services like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber "threatens the telecommunications industry and jobs in companies such as (operators) Zamtel, Airtel and MTN," government spokeswoman Dora Siliya said in a statement. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been accused of growing authoritarianism as several opposition figures and government critics have faced prosecution in what rights groups characterised as politically-motivated cases.
    But communication minister Brian Mushimba said that the levy on internet calls was purely economic.



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