Unclear ownership of property left behind by Asian has hampered efforts by Jinja Municipal council to collect property tax and ground rates.
Mohammed Baswri Kezaala, the outgoing Mayor of Jinja Municipality, says the contested ownership of these properties makes it difficult to identify the true owner.
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Shafik Al Hassan, who claims several contested buildings along Spire, Lubas and Oboja roads says it is risky to pay ground rent and property tax for property whose ownership is being challenged in court.
David Kyasanku, Jinja Municipal Town Clerk, says the failure to levy ground rates and property tax on the contested buildings affects their local revenue collection. He says as a result, the municipality cannot offset some of its bills such as the street lights that were disconnected by UMEME in 2014 over an accumulated bill of Shillings 1.1 billion.
Grace Kirya, the Jinja Central Division LC III Chairperson, says the mess in the tax collection needs to be addressed. He says government must take a firm stand about the ownership of the building of departed Asians.
David Kyasanku, Jinja Municipal Town Clerk, says he will bring the issue of the contested departed Asian property to the attention of the governor Bank of Uganda and State Finance Minister.