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Masindi Moves to Streamline Revenue Collection

Kanaginagi says in the new initiative, traders will pay the money in banks or wire it on mobile money as per the telephone number they will be given. This means parish chiefs will not handle any revenue from traders.
Masindi district local government has introduced new measures of collecting revenue.

This follows alleged embezzlement of locally revenue by parish chiefs in the district. In the past, the traders were paying cash directly to the parish chiefs, who then remit it to the sub accountants. However the revenue was either embezzled or under declared. 

Last month, Kate Kyalisiima, the Bikonzi parish chief in Bwijanga sub-county and Richard Bamuleke, the Nyabyeya parish chief in Budongo sub-county were arrested for not remitting the funds to the sub county.  

It is alleged that since June last year, Bamuleke has never remitted 2.7 million shillings while Kyalisima collected 3.3 Million Shillings but remitted only 990,000 shillings.

Ateenyi Meleksedeki Kanaginagi, the district secretary for finance, says that traders will now have to pay the money in banks, implying that the parish chiefs will no longer collect the cash.

Kanaginagi says that the district local authorities will also collaborate with financial institutions to take the services closer to the traders especially during market days.

Last month, a field monitoring exercise led by Finance committee chairperson, Salama Kugonza and District Revenue Officer Moses Kalyegira discovered several irregularities in the collection of revenue from traders. The team discovered that the parish chiefs take long to remit the revenue leading to misuse of funds, while others under declare the money collected.

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