Mfundo Mlilo who is director of the Combined Harare Residents’ Association is challenging the lawfulness of the two percent per dollar tax gazetted by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube last Friday.
Mlilo is arguing that Zimbabwe’s Constitution does not allow government to repeal sections of an Act of Parliament without being debated and passed by the National Assembly. Speaking to Daily News, Mlilo said citizens should not pay for Government debt when they do not know what the money was used for. Said Mlilo:
The respondent is the Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and the case is being argued by Tendai Biti. Our contention is that the purported increase is unlawful because the minister has purported to change a section of an Act of Parliament which in itself is unconstitutional as he should have tabled a Bill in Parliament first, which he has not done. We argue that the tax in itself is irrational because the government has been excessively borrowing and now that it has a runaway public debt it is now turning to citizens to cover up for its expenditure. We have no idea what the money was used for.
He argues that its unfair for Government to punish citizens for using RTGS, mobile money and electronic transactions. He said consultations should have been made since money is private property.
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