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Rubirizi RDC Halts Revenue Collection in Open Markets

Last month, Rubirizi District Council passed a new charge policy aimed at increasing on the local revenue. Traders selling Irish potatoes are supposed to 500 shillings for a basin and 300 shillings for a bunch of matooke.
18 Jan 2020 16:09
RDC Harriet Nakamya after halting taxes at Kyambura roadside stalls

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Rubirizi District Resident District Commissioner, Harriet Nakamya has halted the collection of taxes in all open markets.

Last month, Rubirizi District Council passed a new charge policy aimed at increasing on the local revenue. Traders selling Irish potatoes are supposed to 500 shillings for a basin and 300 shillings for a bunch of matooke.

However, this was opposed by the RDC and since then the two parties have been at loggerheads.

Nakamaya has now stopped the collection of taxes in Ndekye Market and Kyambura trading centre citing high taxes and fraudulent collection.

//Cue in: “leero mbade omukatare…

  Cue out: …bwenkanya mubantu babulijjo.”//

She says that she met with the Ndekye town council officials to revise their tax collection and agreed for five months but all in vain.

//Cue in: “aba town council…

Cue out: …shilling luukumi nguyimiliza.”//

Hajji Muhammad Kabano, the tax collector and tenderer says they pay a lot of money to tender the market.

“We pay a lot of money to town council with hopes of getting some profits so I think they need to sit and they review again”.

Francis Tumusiime, a trader, says they pay 300 shillings daily which is not receipted.

//Cue in: “ebintu ebi RDC…

Cue out: …turondere abaana ebitabo.”//

Silvester Agubanshongorera, Rubirizi District LC 5 Chairperson, says that the responsibility of the RDC is not to implement but to oversee what is being planned. He says that the actions of Nakamya tantamounts to inciting the public and failing district programmes.

//Cue in: “ekintu ekyo tikihikire…

Cue out: …collecting local revenue.”//