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buy more about geneva; font-size: small;”>”You cannot claim that people are poor because they are married to many wives or they drink a lot, because then the numbers of rich men and women who drink all night and that of affluent Hajjis with multiple wives would prove you wrong,” he added.
While visiting a scene where a fatal fire accident claimed 39 lives on Monday, president Museveni castigated young people in the area for spending most of their time in unproductive business like playing games and betting rather than partaking in lucrative agricultural business.
He said that because of their poverty they are careless enough to begin running after a fuel spilling truck to scoop free petrol.
The president has often times also accused some Ugandans for electing anti-government individuals into leadership positions, who on assuming office embark on fighting government development programs, which largely explains development disparities in certain parts of the country.
Prof. Ndebesa however asserted that Uganda is engulfed in abject poverty due to income inequalities created largely by government’s inapt fiscal policies.
“Many people are very poor simply because some other people are very rich” he said.
“What we have today is a regressive taxation system rather that a progressive one, which taxes consumption and not income. “
While speaking to the media on Tuesday at hotel Africana, Prof. Ndebesa said. “We now have many people who are not included in the taxation bracket plus a lot more that are completely exempted from taxes by government, thereby creating high levels of disparities that are detrimental to economic development.
He added that by doing this, government is virtually creating two nations one for the rich and one for the poor, otherwise known as “economic apartheid.”
He went on: “as we are busy singing praises to URA’ good performance, we should bear in mind that the body only collects 12.5 percent of the Gross domestic product, while countries like Kenya collect 27 percent of the total GDP.
He thus advised government to adopt a fair taxation policy, noting that running a country like Uganda in this direction where the taxation system leads to non inclusive development can, leaders are unknowingly steering the country to trouble in the near future.