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Isingiro Matooke Traders Protest High Taxes

In a petition signed by Jeremaya Birungi alias Kamurali the chairperson Isingiro district agricultural union the dealers allege that Isingiro district council set up a number of Matooke check points where a lot of money is extracted forcefully from them.
Isingiro matooke traders sharing views on the petition to the minister of local Government Adolf Mwesigye to intervene in their grivances with Isingiro district council on high taxes

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Matooke farmers and traders in Isingiro district have petitioned the minister of local Government Adolf Mwesigye to scrap off the levy of taxes from Matooke subsistence farmers and traders.

 

In a petition signed by Jeremaya Birungi alias Kamurali, the chairperson Isingiro District Agricultural Union, the dealers allege that Isingiro district council set up a number of Matooke check points where a lot of money is extracted forcefully from them.

 

Birungi claims that Matooke dealers are being over taxed and experience mistreatment at check points by tax collectors.

 

He says council collects between shs.40.000 and 60.000 shillings from each vehicle that loads matooke out of Isingiro district.

 

Birungi say the act by the district authorities contravenes article 191 of the 1995 constitution.

 

Amon Tweheyo of Kaberebere town council says he buys a bunch of matooke from the plantation at 4000 shillings and pays 500 shillings at every check point.

 

Tweheyo says by the time he gets to sale his Matooke in Mbarara town will have been taxed 3500 shillings equivalent to profits made on each bunch of Matooke.

 

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The Matooke dealers also complain of illegal road blocks where they are harassed by tax collectors at check points whenever they attempt to resist paying taxes.

 

But Alex Kwizera, the Chief Administrative Officer Isingiro district, denies claims that the Matooke farmers in the area are forced to pay taxes.

 

Kwizera says the only money that is collected is levied on the transporters of Matooke for each trip they make.

 

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Kwizera says levying of Matooke transportation fees is a strategy aimed at boosting the district revenue collection base. The CAO says the taxes are incorporated in the district council approved revenue enhancement plan 2013/2014.

 

 Isingiro district is leading in Matooke production in the whole of south western Uganda.