Opposition leader against VAT increase

source: BOPA
12 February, 2010

GABORONE – The two per cent hike of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 10 to 12 per cent will drive many Batswana into poverty.

Contributing to the 2010/11 budget debate, leader of the opposition, Mr Olebile Gaborone, said government should have opted for other measures to boost its revenues rather than increase VAT especially after it failed to increase public service salaries.

Mr Gaborone, who is also South East North MP, said people who had previously walked in the shadow of poverty would now be thrown deep into the poverty pit as the tax increase would trigger commodity price hikes.

Government froze public service salaries because of economic difficulties, and Mr Gaborone said adding to the misery were [continue reading]


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