BIG SCANDALS STOP (AND PONDER) Source: The Gurdian! Mr R. J. Sabodo I am shocked by the amount of money Cell phone companies rob from us daily with full official endorsement and clean payments. Mobile phone subscribers are now more than 15 million. We a number three in consumption of this service in Africa. Mobile phone service in India is 11% - 15% times cheaper than here. Likewise, the United States is 9% - 11% times less, while Kenya and Uganda is 10% - 15% lower than here. We all know that mobile is vital for survival in the modern age. I advice our government to abolish VAT on mobile phone calls and instead increase income tax for mobile phone companies to between 65% to 85%. This is because if the VAT is not claimed where the buyer is not VAT registered, who will know? Can these mobile phone investor give us the figure for that they have earned for all the years they have been operating in this country? How much have they taken back to their mother country and how much is remaining? Assume one mobile customer pays Tsh. 50/= per day that is a whooping 75m/= per day revenue for these companies. Multiplied by 365 days that equal 273.75bn/= which is a very hypothetical minimum that phone companies earn per year. The poor man is being robbed of the little he has. Scandals like BOT, EPA, Gold which is sold like iron ore, Richmond etc, are nothing compares to this because there is official endorsement of the government. I advice strongly that if the Government goes with this kind of polices, then the majority poor will suffer. I urge the Government to become a partner for these companies. Government should acquire 65 percent share of these and list in the stock market so that it can be sold at not more than T sh. 50000/= per share so as to benefit majority of Tanzanias. Please give response if I am right or wrong to: Mr R. J. Sabodo N.B. 50/= shillings is the most minimum. But if you workout at 100/= you will be amazed how we are looted! And if we pay 500/= shs. Daily, nothing shall be left, Tanzania will be a desert. Nawasilisha Hoja! Mawazo yenu ni muhimu sana.