Justine Mugeni, the secretary of fish traders in Busia fish market says that the charges have affected force more than 300 fishermen out of business. He called for the intervention of the relevant authorities to help them stay in business.
More than 300
fish traders have deserted Busia fish market citing double taxation and high
costs for clearing fish products for export.
The fish traders claim that they
pay Shillings 20,000 to get a clearance form, Shillings 50,000 for an export
permit and US$ 0.05 US per kilogram of fish for export to Uganda Revenue
Authority whenever they go through the Busia One Stop border post.
say that in addition to these charges, they also pay other costs and daily
market dues. The traders say that they are no longer doing good business
because most of their profits are eaten by the many taxes.
Justine Mugeni, the secretary of fish traders in Busia fish market says that the
charges have affected force more than 300 fishermen out of business. He called
for the intervention of the relevant authorities to help them stay in business.
Tito Wafula, another fish trader says that they have opted
to use porous points to dodge the excessive taxation imposed on them whenever
they pass the one-stop border post.
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Muzamiru Wafula, another trader says that they are oppressed by double
taxation, which has affected their capital. He says that URA taxes even traders
carrying less than 50 kilograms of fish.
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Dunkan Kakonge, the URA manager in charge of the Eastern region,
says that they only charge US$ 0.05 on each Kg of fish and the traders pay
Shillings 20,000 to get clearance forms to a private clearing company working with
the revenue body.
According to Kakonge, he isn’t aware of the Shillings 50,000
the traders say they pay for export permits because the permits are issued by the
district fisheries office.
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He cautioned cross border traders to desist from illegal
practices, saying they risk being penalized.
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Stephen Mugeni Wasike, the Busia District LC V Chairperson, says that he is
engaging URA together with the traders to come up with a mechanism for proper
revenue collection to avoid complaints of double taxation.