The Bill wants, among other provisions, to reform and provide for the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) to regulate, promote and oversee the coffee sub-sector; and to regulate all on-farm and off-farm activities in the coffee value chain, to provide for a coffee auction system and to create and enhance the penalties.
Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality MP said since Parliament has given Government one month to consult on the bill, the opposition in parliament will collectively engage in consultations in the Busoga sub-region, Bunyoro sub-region, and any other areas where cane is grown.
In its report to parliament, the Committee notes that even when the government proposal is intended to streamline the collection of rental tax and reduce revenue loss to government, it will increase the compliance burden on the property owners.
Makana issued the apology while hosting a select committee of Ugandans legislators on South Sudan led by Ann Maria Nankabirwa, the Kyankwanzi Woman MP on Tuesday. The Committee is scrutinizing the payment of Shillings 41 billion (US$10m) to 10 companies, which supplied goods and services to South Sudan before the country went to war.
The report was presented by the Committee Chairperson Henry Musasizi in which other items like supply of imported crayons, rulers, technical drawings sets, laboratory chemicals and others were also exempted in order to reduce their cost.
The Finance Ministry tabled the Bill before parliament in March this year seeking to amend the Tax Procedures Code Act, 2014 to write off all tax arrears by government as at 30th June 2019. Government also sought to empower the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority to compound offenses and provide a list of returns filed with her office.
Kadaga is opposed to the proposed zoning of cane growers, which according to President; Yoweri Museveni will ensure a sustainable, harmonized and competitive sugar sector to meet national and international standards.