Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba has revealed that he has proposed a Garbage Fee of K10 to be paid by all residents monthly to be collected through phone air time.
Mr Kalumba said he met officials from the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to discuss the proposed figures.
He indicated that charging just USD1 a (or K10 ) month per phone line would translate into USD6 million a month or USD 72 million a year or USD360 million over 5 years in Garbage Fees for the whole country.
“Today, I held a meeting with ZICTA concerning my proposal to ZICTA to allow for Garbage Fee to be recovered from airtime credit. The discussions went well but both parties agreed to conduct more analysis of the proposal and how it fits in the tariff determination and the overall government objective to lower ITC costs,” Mr Kalumba said.
The Lusaka Mayor said ZICTA indicated that there are 12 million subscribers in Zambia.
“However with some people subscribing for more than one line, and SIMs in gadgets it is estimated that there are only about 6 million lines that are attributed to individuals. We have worked the indicative numbers.”
He added, “Charging just USD1 a (or K10 ) month per line means USD6 million a month or USD 72 million a year or USD360 million over 5 years in garbage fees for the whole country. Lusaka has a population of 2.5 million or 15.6% of Zambia’s population.”
“Based on this high level analysis we can assume that about USD56 million is attributed to Lusaka only over 5 years out of which we only need about USD15 million to buy the equipment that we whilst the balance (USD36 million) will be used to pay for running the waste management operations including garbage collection and build a reserve fund for the next cycle of Cape,” he explained.
Mr Kalumba said he believe that using airtime will broaden the base and allow the City Council to charge a very low Garbage Fee.
He said this will benefit everyone including those currently paying over K100 per month garbage collection.
“I urge residents to support this move,” he said.