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—Mang­wana, said there was no such pro­posal by the Gov­ern­ment.

“First of all there is no such pro­posal from Gov­ern­ment or any Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial. In fact this is fake news, we are dis­cussing fake news. There is noth­ing to dis­cuss with fake news,” said Mr Mang­wana.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing Mr Mang­wana tweeted on his of­fi­cial twit­ter ac­count, say­ing he had en­gaged the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Mr Ge­orge Gu­va­matanga, af­ter he had re­ceived nu­mer­ous mes­sages from con­cerned Zim­bab­weans about the is­sue.

He tweeted: “Hav­ing re­ceived many mes­sages from the good Zim­bab­wean peo­ple liv­ing in the di­as­pora ask­ing about some al­leged ‘Di­as­pora Tax’, I spoke to my bro Perm Sec­re­tary for Fi­nance Mr Ge­orge Gu­va­matanga who con­firmed there is no such a tax and no think­ing along those lines.”

Some on­line publi­ca­tions claimed that some se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials had re­vealed to them that the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing on modal­i­ties to in­tro­duce the mea­sure, af­ter the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube pre­sented his eco­nomic pol­icy last week.

It was claimed that Zim­bab­weans based in the Sadc re­gion would pay US$25, those in the rest of the African con­ti­nent US$50 and those based over­seas US$100 in pre­sump­tive tax per month. — @pe­terk­matika

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