This was in response to the survey findings that were released on Tuesday by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics which show that poverty levels have dropped from 24.5% in 2009/2010 to 22% in 2012/2013 nationally but the gap between the rich and the poor is still wide.
The survey findings also indicated that the poverty trend has been attributed to the improvement in agricultural productivity especially in central rural and the western rural areas.
“It is only when the well to do are taxed higher than the poor that the big gap can be trimmed to a reasonable level so as to reduce high inequality levels and creation of two distinguished classes of people in the country,” Bossa said.
Bossa also warned that there is a very big cause to worry if this gap continues to widen because this means that more and more people are getting poorer and few are getting richer and this will cause a lot of mistreatment by the few rich against the poor.
“The gap between the rich and the poor will increase discontent and bitterness against the people who are richer than them and this will increase the crime rates within the country,” he added.
Bossa pointed out that the majority of the people in Uganda cannot eat well, have better housing, better medication and good education standards but only a few can earn a better living in Uganda which is not good for the country.
“On addition to taxing the rich a little more, the government should institute a minimum wage which will help to reduce the exploitation of the poor by the so-called investors,” he advised.
On the other hand, Bossa observed that the survey findings on poverty levels can be misleading because this data is collected on average but many Ugandans area getting poorer and poorer day by day.