Division authorities in Gulu City on Tuesday morning closed UMEME’s Office over failure to pay property tax amounting to 6 million shillings.
premises located along Gulu Avenue was locked at around 8am by a team of
enforcement officers led by Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division Chairman.
to Abonga, UMEME is supposed to pay a property tax of UGX 1 million annually
but have defaulted the tax for six years now.
revealed that they have been delivering demand notes to the managers but they
chose to keep quiet, something that forced them to close their offices to send a
message to their headquarters in Kampala.
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said UMEME’s office is not the only one they have closed for failing pay
property tax to the division. He disclosed that they have recently started
moving around the division to demand payment from property owners for the tax so that the
money raised is used in managing garbage and paying utilities of the division.
Mudali, the Commercial Supervisor of UMEME in Gulu told URN in an interview
that the act of Laroo Division of closing their office greatly affected their
operation. He said they can no longer respond to emergencies since their main
gate has been locked.
to Mudali, they placed a request to the head office on January 28th
to have the arrears cleared, but due to the long processes, the money has not yet
been released to Laroo Division.
Limited is an electricity distribution company listed on the Uganda Securities
Exchange and cross listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The company
operates a 20-year electricity distribution concession effective March 1st,
2005 awarded by the Uganda government.