Rubirizi District councillors are accusing the Resident District
Commissioner, Harriet Nakamya, for failing local revenue collection.
Silvestre Agubanshongorera, Rubirizi District LCV Chairperson, says that the
RDC has forgotten her responsibility and making her own decisions while opposing
“If you stop local revenue, it means you are distracting the operations
of the council, we have been collecting 104 million shillings every financial
year, the ministry asked us to increase on the local revenue, we came up with a
new charge policy council approved it and she is now opposing and challenging
it without knowing the details, but just inciting the community”. He said.
Agubanshongorera says that the RDC wants to stop the community from paying
taxes which will affect service delivery.
“How do you collect garbage without revenue and other services
supported by local revenue”. He said.
Ashaba Umaru Katainama, the District Council Speaker, says that the RDC does not respect the councillors and sabotages the council
Katainama says that the council agreed to came up with a charge policy to help
increase revenue for the district which the RDC has de-campaigned.
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However, Nakamya refuted
the accusations saying she has been on good terms with the council until when
they failed to agree over issues among them having UPE schools asking pupils to
pay money, selling water at a high cost, taxing highly traders at Kyambura and
other open markets.
Nakamya says that the
district leaders have set high taxes which the traders can't afford.
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Frank Kyakamara, the LC3 Chairperson Kirugu Sub County, faulted the councillors
for failing to follow what they agreed with the traders by setting their own
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Johnbosco Tumuramye, a trader at Ndekye Market, says that they are
charged a lot of money and yet they are reaping small from their businesses.
“We are paying between 1,000 and 6,000 shillings daily depending
what one is selling, I sell Irish potatoes, I pay 1,000 shillings a basin and
if I have a sack I pay 6,000 shillings”. He said.