Traders in Pandwong division, Kitgum Municipality are stranded after
law enforcement officers locked several buildings for non-payment of taxes.
Since Monday, the authorities have been closing buildings that
have defaulted ground rent, temporary occupational permits and property rates.
Teddy Akot, a landlady at Mon Bunyu cell whose shops were all
closed on Monday says her tenants are counting losses since they have failed to
access their businesses. She says her repeated plea to make payments in instalments
has been denied by the authorities.
Richard Obur a resident of Bar Dege Cell says he spent the night
in the cold after his rental apartments were all locked up by enforcement
officers on Tuesday.
Obur wants the operation halted and ample time given to landlords
since the division authorities had never issued them with prior demand
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Winnie Abalo, a program officer at the Human Rights Monitor Uganda
advises the municipal authorities to consider other measures of compelling the property
owners to pay revenue obligations other than closing their houses.
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Richard Komakech, another trader says that it is unfair for the
authorities to target tenants since the burden of paying the revenue lies on the
Pandwong division town clerk Patrick Ouma says that property
owners whose buildings were closed have been evading taxes for the past two
“The crackdown is being carried out in
accordance with a recent resolution by council that has faulted the authority
for failure to adequately collect taxes which should help in implementing council’s
business and obligations which residents are complaining of like garbage
collection and other council business”
Ouma wants the property owners to pay revenues and desist against attacking
division and municipal officials while on duty.