According to the Fort Portal City Mayor Edison Asaba, the daily dues being paid by the vendors are a form of extortion meant to frustrate the marginalized city dwellers from growing their small scale businesses.
Fort Portal City authorities have halted the collection of daily
dues from vendors operating in the city.
According to the Fort Portal City Mayor Edison Asaba, the daily
dues being paid by the vendors are a form of extortion meant to frustrate the
marginalized city dwellers from growing their small scale businesses.
Ruyonga says that they conducted a survey in the city and found
out that small-scale business proprietors are paying daily exorbitant taxes whereas
people with big businesses are paying a smaller amount.
instance, a matooke vendor was paying more than 1 Million Shillings each year
compared to other big businesses that pay less than 500,000 Shillings a year.
According to Ruyonga, they plan to design a specific amount of
money, which will be, paid in form of licenses. Among the category of vendors
who have been excused from paying the daily dues, include street food vendors,
vegetable sellers, and matooke vendors among others.
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Prosper Businge, the Head of Finance, Planning and Administration
say the resolution was, made in May and currently, it is a matter of
Businge is optimistic that the resolution will create more
opportunities for young people to engage in business to uplift the household
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Traxler Komuntale the City Secretary for Community Based Services
says she had faced stiff resistance from a section of Fort Portal Central
Division leaders, who had continued to forcefully order the vendors to pay
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Theophilus Tibihika the Fort Portal City Town Clerk said they will
be implementing the resolution of the city executive.
He however said a law will be drafted to enable the effective
collection of license fees to deter defaulting of council dues.