jeudi 11 juillet 2013

Swaziland: Tax on Witchcraft!*

         A new tax proposal is controversial in the kingdom of Swaziland. A Swazi MP has filed a bill for the establishment of a very special new tax on witches, healers and diviners of the country. These "Sangomas" Swazis are very consulted and their prices have quadrupled in recent years. The MP considers that this time of crisis when the kingdom needs resources to meet community needs, Sangomas should put a little more their hands in the pocket. For a while, there was already a fee of $ 1.15 that Sangomas pay each year to exercise their business unmolested
In financial terms, this small kingdom in southern Africa through a very difficult period. The last two years, for example, the government accused the budget deficits that reached 15% of GDP. The kingdom had the tap into the reserves of the central bank to get by and yet, officials saw their fees charged unusual delays. So the IMF is not willing to financially support the Swaziland for management purposes. GDP remains low and the kingdom's trade balance showed a deficit of more than $ 72 millions.
The IMF determines any financial partnership moderation train royal life and the budget allocated to the army. In view of the size of the country, the international institution is disproportionate share of the budget devoted to the military, especially as the region remains the least bit tumultuous in Africa. Asked unsuccessfully to make reforms that would go more towards the social development of its people.
Article of Philippe Omotundo in Afrik.Com of November 12, 2012.

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