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Umeme Offices Face Closure Over Accumulated Property Rates

On Wednesday, Alex Baingana, the Principal Assistant Town Clerk in charge of the Central Division stormed the Umeme offices along Bank lane in Kabale town accompanied by the law enforcement officers and ordered all staff to vacate the premises.
Alex Baingana, Principle Assistant Town Clerk for Central Division speaking to our reporter at Kabale Umeme offices

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Umeme offices in Kabale are on the verge of closure over none payment of property taxes worth Shillings 2.65million.  

According to the Central Division Authorities, the power distributors have failed to pay the property rates for the last four years. 

On Wednesday, Alex Baingana, the Principal Assistant Town Clerk in charge of the Central Division stormed the Umeme offices along Bank lane in Kabale town accompanied by the law enforcement officers and ordered all staff to vacate the premises.

Javira Kanyankole, the Umeme Manager Kabale branch pleaded with the division authorities not to close the premises since it serves many responsible customers. 

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Baingana explained that they had resolved to closes the premises after sending various demand notices to the power company without response. 

He says the failure by such big companies to pay the property rates has crippled their projects such as garbage collection.

Kanyankole later told URN that they had failed to clear because of a misunderstanding

about the amount the amount levied. 

He however, said the tax will be cleared within a month’s time following their discussions with the town clerk. 

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Kabale municipal authorities have severally accused corporate companies of defaulting on tax payment without clear reasons. 

On July 2, 2019, Central division authorities closed Freedom Radio for defaulting on Shillings 602,000 for ground rent and Shillings 550,000 for the operational license for the 2018/2019 financial year.  

He cleared the money was allowed to resume operations.