Swaliki Wasswa Masokoyi, the Wakiso Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says Wakiso loses millions of local revenues to unscrupulous individuals who take disadvantage of the residents’ ignorance on procedures of paying tax.
Police in Wakiso district have arrested five people accused of conning traders.
The five suspects who include Vincent Bogere, Ali Azizam Vincent Sserwanja, Florence Nakalema and Jane Nakaliisa have been masquerading as district revenue collectors and intimidating traders that they would close their businesses if they default.
Swaliki Wasswa Masokoyi, the WakisoDeputy Chief Administrative Officer,says they were alerted by a whistle-blower who became suspicious about the actions of the suspects. He explains that the suspects often dressed in uniforms similar to those of the district revenue collectors.
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According to Masokoyi, the suspects were found in possession of revenue assessment forms, stamps and trading licenses. He explains that at the time of their arrests, they had also collected 1.05million shillings from traders.
Masokoyi advises traders to pay all taxes in designated banks and be issued with receipts.
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Wakiso district loses millions of shillings in local revenue to unscrupulous individuals, who illegally collect different forms of revenue.
In 2017, 20 people were arrested for issuing fake building plans to developers and the district projected that between August and December, they lost close to 200m shillings.
According to the Public Finance Management Act 2015, there is no tax paid in cash to any individual be it a known district officer. The act also states that it is illegal for any government civil servant to receive cash from the clients.