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MPs Caution Local Governments Against Harassing Taxpayers

Sauda Namuleme, the Masaka Municipal Chief Financial officer and Joseph Ssebudde, the Town clerk Mityana Municipality told the committee that they had resolved to adopt a system of confiscating merchandises of non-compliant tax payers in the area.
Members of the Parliament’s Public Account Committee of Local Governments, have condemned harassment of Local Tax Defaulters

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Members of Parliament of the Public Account Committee on Local Governments have cautioned local governments against harassing tax payers.

The committee members, who were in Masaka reviewing the Auditor General's reports for the financial year ending 2017 on the performance of local revenue, were told by leaders about the measures they have put in place to realize local revenue. 

Sauda Namuleme, the Masaka Municipal Chief Financial officer and Joseph Ssebudde, the Town clerk Mityana Municipality, told the committee that they had resolved to adopt a system of confiscating merchandises of non-compliant tax payers in the area.

Namuleme reveals that Masaka municipality has for instance allocated funds to procure a truck for law enforcement officers to enable them hunt and confiscate merchandise of non-compliant traders.

However Reagan Okumu, the committee chairperson cautioned them against the approach of harassing the taxpayers.  Okumu advised the authorities to instead sensitize the traders on the benefits of local revenue.

                                                                                                                                             

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According to the 2017 AG's report, under collection of local revenue in urban councils has affected services delivery. The report for instances indicates a shortfall of 14.4 billion shillings registered in 26 councils, which was attributed mainly to natural calamities and non-compliance.

Okumu recommended that the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development through the Land Fund, supports all local government units especially in the central region to secure land titles for their headquarters.  

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According to the AG's report, out of the 156 local governments, 46 lack land titles where council properties are located, which exposes them to risks of encroachment and disputes.