A proposal by Zambia’s government to impose tax on video streaming service Netflix has sparked a row in the country.
The government says it is concerned that while mainstream international broadcast companies pay taxes, online companies like Netflix broadcast their content for free.
Last year the information ministry announced a new tariff on calls made on social media apps, but it was not implemented.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Chanda Kasolo reports that the state was looking at ways to tax Netflix.
“We want to level the playing field and protect local content. We want to look at ways where companies like Netflix should also start paying broadcasting levy which we call television levy because other television companies are already doing that.”
But the country’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema who leads the United Party for National Development took to twitter to disagree with government.