- Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has revealed that she has been under personal attacks following the mode of implementation of the Communication Service Tax
- She said she receives text messages referring to her as a “wicked witch" because of the CST
- Owusu-Ekuful said she explains to the irate texters that the CST was not imposed by her.
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The minister of communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has revealed that she has been under personal attacks following the mode of implementation of the Communication Service Tax.
According to her, she receives text messages referring to her as a “wicked witch" because of the CST.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said she explains to the irate texters that the CST was not imposed by her.
This follows the upfront deduction of 9% from every airtime recharge by telcos from October 1; a situation that has generated an uproar.
She said taxes are imposed by parliament on the request of the finance minister.
Meanwhile, the ministry has asked the telcos to stop the upfront deductions.
The telcos have, however, asked for more time to reconfigure their systems to accommodate the government’s request.
In other news, mobile phone users are to re-register their SIM numbers (Subscriber Identity Module) from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, or forfeit their number.
According to the minister of communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the new directive is to ensure and monitor the activities of bad people.
The minister also revealed that forms for the re-registration process or new SIM cards will be by the approved national biometric identity cards.
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