Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba has maintained that the city council will go ahead and introduce a Garbage Fee to be collected through phone air time recharge.
Mr Kalumba said the Fee will go towards effective management of solid waste in the capital city.
He said his office has just completed consultations with phone companies over the introduction of Garbage Fee for Lusaka residents.
“When you have a post-paid land line or mobile phone the phone companies earn the money when you make a call. However, I have found a different practice regarding prepaid accounts,” Mr Kalumba said.
He continued, “They consider to earn the money immediately when you purchase air time even if you have not made a call. This will create a challenge for council to collect garbage fees from airtime value. I want this practice to be changed so that phone companies earn money on prepaid accounts when calls are made.”
“Accounting gurus what is your view? Customers what do you think? My office has just completed consultations with phone companies who indicate that they can support with their various payment solutions but this is one matter that needs resolving,” he said.
“Am trying to remove the need for a resident to make the decision when to pay, but enforce auto pay.”