Kigozi explained that reports from the Finance Committee show a huge decline in the collection of trading license fees and property tax because of the chairperson’s directive to traders not to pay taxes for unknown reason.
The Lukaya Town Council LC III Chairperson, Gerald
Ssennyondo Kikyamu is on the spot for allegedly stopping traders from paying
He came under fire during a council meeting Tuesday from councilors led
by Edirisa Kigozi, the representative of elderly persons to explain his
decision, which has affected service delivery to residents.
Kigozi explained that reports from the Finance
Committee show a huge decline in the collection of trading license fees and
property tax because of the chairperson’s directive to traders not to pay taxes
for unknown reason.
Councilor says the chairperson’s decision to
interfere with the duties of technical staff has greatly affected the town
council operations and caused a financial loss although the exact amount
of money isn’t established yet.
Saad Kintu, another councilor, says they have
repeatedly received complaints from Law Enforcement Officers indicating the
whenever they close business premises over none payment of trading license fees,
Ssenyondo orders them to reopen them.
//Cue in: “Abakozi….”
Councilors also accuse the chairperson of
openly supporting bribery, which compromises technical staff.
has defended his actions, saying that most of the taxes collected in the town
council don’t reach the town council treasury.
He claims that as the custodian of the town council he has a
duty of protecting his people from being exploited since some of the taxes are
//Cue in: “Mwamusaba sente…
Cue out:….bakansala bona,”//
The Town Council Speaker, Ephraim Luyombo
asked the chairperson to let the technical staff do their work without political
He observed that clashes between the political and technical
wings affect service delivery and development.
The Lukaya Town Clerk, Joel Damba asked traders
with complaints about taxes to address their complaints to his office instead
of defaulting on payment.