This act which is under Finance Law of the Republic of Cameroon for the 2019 Financial Year, requires that all phones and digital terminals will be subject to pay duties in case the importer failed to do so, this became active from Thursday October 15.
The new model will be fashion in such a way that the system will automatically detect phones unique IMEI number and if the phones connection is a first-ever, a message will be sent to the user to notify them of the amount of customs duties and taxes to be paid, for them to remain on the Cameroon’s mobile network.
This move also would also see users paying taxes when they download apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and the likes to their phones.
The customs duties and taxes on phones in Cameroon is 33%, and the users would have and option to either make a one-off payment or in installments through their air-time.
Opposition leaders like Edith Kah Walla has called on Cameroonians to resist the “phone tax’ and music stars are also speaking out against the new system that has seen the hashtag #EndPhoneTax trending in the country.
There seems to be a resistance to government and its agencies around the world this time as many countries are engaging in protest to voice out their discontent of the systems and policies that does not sit well with them.
Social media has been a great avenue to champion this various grievances as Nigeria for one, has in recent weeks been trending the #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrurtality and countries like Thailand having #RepublicofThailand and some other countries also having a mass protest against their government.
What do you think of this Cameroon’s phone tax and this age of using social media to further a course?