High Court allows review of mobile money levies

14Oct 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
High Court allows review of mobile money levies

​​​​​​​THE High Court in Dar es Salaam has granted prayers by the Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC) for review of the laws and regulations that imposed levies on mobile money transactions.

In addition, the High Court has said it has permitted LHRC to file the petition since it has satisfied the required conditions.

The decision was given yesterday by the Court that sat under High Court Judge John Mgeta.

Judge Mgeta said the Court, after listening to LHRC’s arguments and the Chief state attorney Gabriel Malate, it has seen it fits that LHRC has satisfied all conditions to file for the petition.

Elaborating, Judge Mgeta said LHRC has abided by the time frame needed according to the law, before six months since the law in question came was published.

He said since the law was announced by the minister on June 30 2021 and LHRC filed the petition on July 27, and then there is no point for argument from both sides that the petition was filed in time.

He said the second condition hinges on whether the petitioner has basic arguments that he needs discussing in his petition.

He said they went through the LHRC petition, the sworn affidavit and submissions that supports the petition, and agreed that LHRC had basic arguments.

The third condition is whether the petitioner has interests in the petition in question in which Judge Mgeta said according to the sworn affidavit by the petitioner, it was explained that he owns Tigo, Airtel and Vodacom mobile lines he uses for mobile money transactions, hence he has been affected by the law.

In the circumstances, Judge Mgeta said, the petitioner has valid arguments hence he should be listened to hence LHRC has satisfied the three conditions.

LHRC filed the petition against the minister for finance and Planning, minister for Communication and information Technology and the Attorney General.

In the petition, LHRC is requesting the High Court to review the law on the national revenue collection system and regulations thereof that had imposed levies in mobile money transactions.

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