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.
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
“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.
//“Cue in: mayor ne executive..
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Bakitte explains that the tax waiver resolution by the executive has nothing to
do with the collection of taxes before the Covid-19 lockdown.
//“Cue in: we have
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