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Isingiro Farmers, Lawyer Threaten Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Road Tolls

Mufakinanye explains that he has witnessed the loss of Matooke traders due to the unauthorized road tolls in the district. The road tolls are used to collect money from traders dealing in Matooke, sand, hardcore stones, and cow dung manure.
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Farmers and a lawyer in Isingiro have issued a notice of intention to sue the District Council, the LC V Chairperson, and the Chief Administrative Officer for failing to remove unauthorized road tolls for local revenue collection. On April 12th, President Museveni issued an order directing the removal of road tolls for local revenue collection. 

The President stated that multiple roadblocks for tax collection should be eliminated, and those who set up the road tolls and those who sent them would face arrest. In response to the presidential directive, farmers and Lawyer Mufakinanye Moses, a resident of Nyakitundda Sub County in Isingiro District, have served notice to sue district officials. 

Mufakinanye explains that he has witnessed the loss of Matooke traders due to the unauthorized road tolls in the district. The road tolls are used to collect money from traders dealing in Matooke, sand, hardcore stones, and cow dung manure. Mufakinanye argues that this practice is contrary to the constitution of Uganda and the 5th schedule of the Local Government Act. 

Due to these unauthorized roadblocks, traders have chosen to purchase Matooke from other districts where such roadblocks do not exist.   

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Cue out: …the chairperson LCV.”//  

He has given the Chairperson, the District Council, and the Chief Administrative Officer an ultimatum of five days to remove the roadblocks or be held accountable for the funds collected through this method.

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According to Acleo Oyesigye, a concerned farmer, the price of Matooke has dropped at the farm gate due to the excessive taxes imposed on traders along the road. He claims that traders are using these taxes as an excuse to reduce the purchase price of Matooke. 

//Cue in: “roadblocks ezo nibeihaho…   

Cue out: …nigashi abahingi banyijirwe.”//   

Imamu Makumbi, another Matooke farmer in Masha, requests President Museveni's intervention in removing these roadblocks, which have persisted despite his directive. He states that the roadblocks are hindering farmers from marketing their produce because traders are discouraged by the numerous taxes imposed along the roads in Isingiro and at the market.

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Cue out: …yaheire emishoro meingi.”// 

The District Chairperson, Alone Turahi, emphasizes the importance of focusing on central or exit points where lorries pass through as potential areas for tax collection. He argues that proper mechanisms and strategies must be in place for successful revenue collection, including tax collection road tolls. 

Isingiro District produces between 100 and 200 lorries of Matooke daily, with each lorry being charged between 30,000 and 40,000 shillings. The district collects over 900 million shillings annually from local revenue through these road tolls.

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