of State for Finance- General Duties, Henry Musasizi has withdrawn two tax
Bills from parliament. The Bills are
the Finance (Amendment Bill), 2022, and the Uganda Revenue Authority
(Amendment) Bill, 2022.
Under the Finance (Amendment Bill), 2022, the government had proposed
to repeal the Finance Act, of 2012.
sought to adjust Non-Tax Revenue (NTR) rates to provide that government will no
longer use the Act to make any NTR adjustments or introduce new NTR sources.
This meant that any introduction of new rates or adjustments in the existing
NTR rates of the respective laws must be initiated by the parent Ministries,
Departments, and Agencies.
Musasizi had earlier noted that the NTR provisions would be repealed in the
Finance Acts and be provided through regulations under the parent laws.
repealing provisions relating to imposition of fees and levies to companies
incorporation and registration, registration of titles and mortgages,
passports, visas, and work permits, drivers permits, motor vehicle registration
and licensing, and maritime vessels licenses, licenses for the extractive sector, trade-in cattle, trade-in hides, and skins, various services rendered by
the police including permits and licenses for acquisition and dealership in
guns and occupational safety and health.
Under the Uganda Revenue Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2022, the government sought
to amend the URA Act, Cap. 196, to empower the Minister to amend the First
and Second Schedules by statutory instrument; to provide for the power of the
Board to appoint officers at the level of an assistant commissioner or higher.
provision requires that in order to recruit managers and above the board should
constitute itself into a recruitment panel and do the recruitment in person.
The Board cannot delegate that responsibility which somehow sucks the board
into the operational management of the organization which should be a
responsibility of the technical team.
committee had recommended that to cure this problem, the functions of the board
County MP, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, and MPs Nabukeera Hanifa and Masaba Karim contested
the status of the Commissioner-General on the Board. They argued that
the commissioner can’t be a member of a board that supervises him or her.
compromises corporate governance. lt raises the risk of advancing personal
interests and influencing the decisions of the Board," read part of the
The MPs also
contested the proposed amendment to empower the Commissioner-General to oversee
the recruitment of officers from the level of manager and below saying that this
raises the risk of entrenching a patronage system and creation of a 'super' Commissioner-General. The minority report says that Commissioner-General
can use his or her powers to cause or influence the exit of officers that are
deemed to be unfavorable hence contributing to the creation of uncertainty of
tenure within the Authority.
said that the government had decided to withdraw the two to allow more study.
“having gone through…
several MPs protesting and questioning why the Ministry took too long to make a
Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West MP wondered why the Bills were being
withdrawn at a time when the committee has already considered them and reports
“the Minister is…
of Parliament Anita Among said that the Bills were for the government and it has
decided to withdraw them.
“but these Bills…
out:…running of URA.”//
Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP questioned why the Minister had not given notice
regarding the withdrawal of the Bills as per the parliament rules of procedure.
//Cue in: “I
out:…repeat the class.”//
Pacuto, the Finance Committee Vice Chairperson also condemned the withdrawal of
the Bill after her committee had spent time considering it and writing the