Mobile phone users in the African nation of Comoros have overwhelmingly rejected the government’s decision to introduce a new tax – thought to be around 5% – on top-ups, denting the administration’s plan to use the money raised to shore up its ailing national electricity supplier. Agence Ecofin reports that people have expressed anger and dismay at the new tax, which they claim was implemented without any prior consultation on the subject. Some have gone as far as to say it is a ‘scam’ – facilitated by the incumbent operator Comores Telecom (Comtel) – to extort money from them.
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