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Chairperson, Councilors Clash Over Revenue Collection

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.
13 Aug 2019 20:04

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The Lukaya Town Council LC III Chairperson, Gerald Ssennyondo Kikyamu is on the spot for allegedly stopping traders from paying taxes. 

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….”        

Cue out: …Engeri jetunabamu”    

Councilors also accuse the chairperson of openly supporting bribery, which compromises technical staff. 

However, Ssenyondo 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 exorbitant.  

//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 interference. 

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.