"Phramacist Ambrose Kamugisha directed me to store medical waste bins containing medical supplies on five different occasions, but his colleagues, most of whom are fellow health workers would come and load the medicines in his vehicle," mortuary attendant Godfrey Lutalemwa says.
The 12-month project co-funded by the Germany Financial Cooperation through KfW, a German state-owned development bank will cover six villages of Lorikor East; Lorikor West, Bibia East, Bibia West, Kaladima East and Kaladima West.
He cautioned that many masqueraders have made themselves too available and effective to the business community that it’s hard for the association to know who the real importers are, but hastened to add that clearing agents should only be those that are licensed by the Uganda Revenue Authority.
The URA Enforcement team has been tracking suspects for some weeks following information that some products had stamps which were not readable by the machines. The alerts on the prevalence of fake digital tax stamps were mainly concentrated in Southwestern Uganda with Star Waragi being the most pointed out brand.
URA officials also agree that some politicians are discouraging taxation, citing areas along the borders. The politicians in these areas claim that if government abolished smuggling, for example, the residents would starve, because that is their main source of livelihood.
“Over the past years, revenue collections have remained low and this is attributable to key challenges that directly impact on revenue mobilisation that include; under-declaration of sales, false refunds and offset claims, a large and difficult to penetrate informal sector (for tax purpose), poor record keeping by taxpayers,” says URA in its defense.
The government commissioned a team of researchers from Makerere University and the Uganda Revenue Authority to get the facts responsible for the big part of the economy that is not recorded and taxed, also referred to as the Shadow Economy.
Launched in September, the tracking system is a mobile phone application that enables the issuance of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) digital certificates that are mutually recognized by the East Africa Community partner states.
Samuel Kyomukama, the head of enforcement at the National Drug Authority- NDA says that, they have recovered unspecified amounts of drugs with prescriptions in Asian languages contrary to the NDA’s standard operating procedures which permit them to sell English labelled drugs.
Musinguzi is optimistic that the wealth tax, will not only add to the national coffers but will also reduce income inequality in the country. He says this would address the growing accumulation of wealth into a very small number of hands.
Atek Kagirita, the ministry of health COVID-19 Incident Commander says instead of registering the number plates of cars, the clever driver registers the trailer number. As a result, officials are unsure about the whereabouts of 13 truck drivers who tested positive and are believed to have entered the country and exited without coming into contact with health officials after their results were released.
The intervention comes at the backdrop of complaints, mostly by tenants, filed from different parts of the country with the most recent incident occurring at Bukompe village in Kassanda district where city businessman Abid Alam’s men forcefully destroyed homes and plantations in a bid to evict settlers. The matter has since been taken over by the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit.
The committee had initially drawn a budget of 1.8 billion Shillings for training and participation of 54 athletes in athletics, badminton, power lifting and golf with the hope of qualifying for the Tokyo games due to take place between August 25 and September 6.
Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) said that money can be refunded if an investigation by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) is done and the said beneficiaries are made to account.
During a press conference held on Sunday, Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) said the failure by Uganda Revenue Authority-URA even with recent innovations in tax administration to hit their collections is partly due to tax incentives that are harmful to the economy.
The order signed by the Deputy Registrar Dr. Agnes Nkonge stays URA from enforcing the transition period deadline which the tax body had set before slapping heavy fines to manufacturers and importers of several gazette goods including bottled water, soda, beer, wine, spirits, and tobacco.