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Nansana Mayor, Councilors Clash Over Exemption

Hussein Kivumbi Balinnya, the Gombe Division LC III Councilor wonders how the mayor expects to raise funds to carry out key activities such as waste management, which are not financed by the Central government.
13 Jul 2020 11:27

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There is a dispute between the Mayor of Nansana municipality and councilors over the decision by the executive to exempt traders from taxes citing the losses they have suffered because of the Covid19 pandemic.

Last month, the Nansana Mayor, Regina Bakitte announced a resolution by the executive committee to exempt traders from payment of taxes with the exception of planning and occupancy fees. She explained that the decision was to help the traders to recover from the losses they encountered due to the lockdown.

However, the a group of councilors led by the Speaker, Moses Kalungi, contend that it is irrational for the mayor and the executive committee to announce publicly that they have exempted people from paying the taxes, which finance their operations.

 

“As council we strongly oppose and denounce the decision taken by the mayor and her executive,” Kalungi told Uganda Radio Network. “And in any event, if such a decision is to be taken, it must be tabled in full council, discussed by all councilors and a resolution is taken by consensus,” he said.

He dismissed the declaration by the municipal executive, saying it cannot work. 

Hussein Kivumbi Balinnya, the Gombe Division LC III Councilor wonders how the mayor expects to raise funds to carry out key activities such as waste management, which are not financed by the Central government.  

He says instead of inciting traders not to comply with their constitutional obligation like paying taxes, the mayor should encourage them to pay minimal fees.  

Luganda Audio

//“Cue in: mayor ne executive..   

Cue out:  .. abeetaaga services.”      

Bakitte explains that the tax waiver resolution by the executive has nothing to do with the collection of taxes before the Covid-19 lockdown.

Luganda Audio    

//“Cue in: we have been…...     

Cue out: .. and occupancy fees,”//   

While presiding over the late approval of the Nansana Municipal Budget, Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi also wondered how the municipality will raise revenue for its activities.     

Luganda Audio 

//“Cue in: ebyokujjawo omusolo ebyo.. 

Cue out: .. to guide you,” //

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