Women Vow to Protest Against Taxes On Weaves


visit geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Therefore, disparagement is steadily trickling in on the recently reported proposals to expand the country tax base by inducing new taxes by the National Resistance Movement.

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The Presidential Advisory Committee last week reportedly unveiled a long list of proposed new taxes on processed milk, locally produced chocolate, sweets, chewing gum, computers, car fuel, paraffin and other, of which proposals are expected to be discussed in Cabinet this week.

Media reported that the Committee had classified artificial hair, among luxuries which should be heavily taxed and this is not going down well with a section of ladies, to whom looking good is more of a right than opulence.

They claim that women in the country pay equal taxes like men in their daily consumed utilities, and therefore, introducing new taxes targeting them in particular is iniquitous.

“Government, it appears is getting an impression that women are richer than men, which is not true. We are still trying to get ourselves out and we still need affirmative action in doing businesses not being punished with heavy taxes,” said Kampala Woman MP, Hon Nabila Sempala.

While the committee deems female expenditure on weaves and braids as lavish, Nabila says, these are in fact essentials that some women simply cannot do without.

“We actually save a lot wearing these weaves and braiding. Many of our women out there cannot afford visiting salons every week, and therefore opt to for these weaves which last longer.”

The committee’s recommendations have been widely interpreted as government’s response to the recent aid cuts by some foreign governments, following Uganda’s enactment of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Law.

But this, Nabila points out, is groundless and undependable for government to sustain its day-today activities.

“Agreed, government needs funding alternatives to fill the 20% budget gap created by the aid cuts. But by introducing heavy taxes on people’s incomes and businesses, government may indeed get the money it needs but end up pulling down the same businesses in the long run, thereby creating room for a crisis.”

She noted that all government has to do is revisit its spending patterns and make better prioritisation of its expenditures, by eliminating “unnecessary expenses on politicians foreign trips, conferences and trips to upcountry to diffuse Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi toxic messages”.


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