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President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to take pride in paying taxes as a way of demonstrating love and commitment to secure Uganda’s independence by moving away from donor dependence.

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The appreciation day that was dubbed, http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-includes/class-walker-category-dropdown.php ‘Omugano gwa URA’ was held at Namboole Stadium on Sunday.

 Rugunda greets comedian Ssegujja at Omugano gwa URA at Namboole

Rugunda greets comedian Ssegujja at Omugano gwa URA at Namboole

The President said Government was fully committed to supporting Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in the execution of the critical role of improving domestic revenue mobilization to finance the national budget.

“The target of government is to see a greater percentage of the development expenditure financed by internally generated revenue as well as to see our tax to GDP ratio grow, from the current 12.83% to 16% over the next 4 years,” Museveni said.

“The growth in revenues will unlock the growth potential of Uganda’s economy, reduce donor dependence and also increase development in infrastructure, education and health,” he expounded.

Museveni called upon all eligible taxpayers to comply with legislative and administrative reforms so that the country is able to increase its tax to GDP ratio and hence reduce the public debt.

“I salute the efforts and strategy of URA on formalizing the informal sector,” the President said, adding that Government will give the support needed especially in the area of policy and legislative reforms to support the drive.

He said the informal sector contributes approximately 52.4% of GDP while employees who constitute about 70-80% of the labour force contribute only 38.4% of the region’s GDP.

Quoting from one of the greatest African leaders, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Museveni said Independence cannot be real if a nation depends upon gifts.

Gerald Sendawula, the Chairman URA Board, said payment of tax was recognized in both the Bible and Quran, adding that all persons who earn should contribute to the development of the nation and should guard against evading taxes.

The Commissioner General, URA Doris Akol said URA posted a record surplus in revenue collections of 139.22billion shillings in Financial year 2014/2015, the largest surplus realized so far in the history of URA.

Rugunda hands over taxpayers appreciation award to one the winners at Namboole stadium

Rugunda hands over taxpayers appreciation award to one the winners at Namboole stadium

Some of the award winners in various categories at the 11th annual taxpayers’ appreciation awards included Jubilee Insurance Company, Igongo cultural Centre, Alliance One Tobacco, Vision group and JSI research and training Institute among others.

The Taxpayers appreciation day was held under the theme, “Let’s grow together” which is in line with government’s aspirations to facilitate business growth.

 
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Inside this executive plane’s Economy Class were two top FDC leaders – Dr Kizza Besigye and Hon Nandala Mafabi.

The duo was in company of The Democratic Alliance top figure, health Dr Zac Niringiye.

After a brief stopover in Dubai, the three leaders at the centre of secret negotiations to front a joint candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, proceeded to London.

In Britain, they met with a highly connected official thought to be an agent of the British government.

Sources have told ChimpReports that the trio met with Mbabazi in Manchester to discuss the strategy for the 2016 elections.

While Dr Besigye has ruled out the possibility of standing down for Mbabazi in the 2016 presidential elections on grounds that the former Prime Minister’s commitment to good governance and accountability is questionable, foreign powers seem determined to persuade the FDC flag-bearer to think otherwise.

“The UK and some powers in the U.S. government have since told Besigye that they will support Mbabazi in the next election. He will either choose to rally behind Mbabazi and take the position of Prime Minister if they win elections or forget about their material support,” said a high ranking source in TDA.

The latest development underscores Besigye’s indecisiveness on the joint presidential candidate.

However, senior TDA officials say for Besigye to run a successful campaign, he still needs the support of two influential powers – UK and United States.

David Cameron’s Conservative Party has for the last ten years been providing money and logistics to FDC.

Besigye has as well tapped into the UK party’s networks to influence foreign powers to reign in on what opposition calls President Museveni’s excessive force in cracking down on dissent.

Forsaking the support of Cameron and maintaining a tight grip on the radical domestic fanbase seems a nightmare for Dr Besigye.

Nandala Mafabi meeting former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in London during this past weekend

Nandala Mafabi meeting former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in London during this past weekend

The FDC strongman was physically removed from a TDA meeting and taken to the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi by his radical fans upon hearing that the alliance intended to field Mbabazi as a joint presidential candidate.

TDA speaks out

The TDA issued a statement on Monday, saying Besigye and Mbabazi “under the auspices of the Kofi Annan Foundation held a two-day meeting in London, UK to continue the discussion previously held in Nairobi, Kenya.”

The statement further states that the duo has made “substantial progress in preparation for the 2016 general elections in Uganda.”

Asked if any of the presidential aspirants has agreed to give way for the other, a close friend of both Besigye and Mbabazi responded: “Not yet.”

But TDA said it would “subsequently report to our respective political structures so as to complete the arrangements guaranteeing our success in the presidential elections.”

Pressed to explain why the Democratic Party was not invited for the function in London, the source conversant with the recent developments in TDA observed: “That party was used as a pawn in this whole game. The real deal is between Besigye and Mbabazi. They must agree not to divide the opposition vote to secure foreign backing. The DP was not even invited for the Nairobi meeting.”

TDA official, Godber Tumushabe said the London function was a “meeting of the two candidates endorsed by the member parties of TDA,” adding, “it is also common knowledge the DP has previously declared publicly that it supports the candidature of Mbabazi.”

The second TDA meeting in a foreign country has blown the lid off foreign powers’ growing influence in Uganda’s opposition politics.

There is a report showing Besigye was promised $5m to compensate for his expenses in recent mobilisation activities but this website was yet to confirm this allegation.

According to TDA officials’ plan, Niringiye is expected back in Uganda today while Nandala and Besigye could return this Tuesday.

Mbabazi has been attending to his ailing wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi, in London.

[This story was edited to reflect the view of TDA that the meeting was endorsed by the Alliance’s structures and that DP did not have to send an envoy to London or Nairobi since it has already publicly showed support for Mbabazi].
President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to take pride in paying taxes as a way of demonstrating love and commitment to secure Uganda’s independence by moving away from donor dependence.

This, stuff http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets.php was revealed in the President’s speech which was read by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, http://cusanus-studierende.de/wp-content/plugins/ml-slider/inc/metaslider.systemcheck.class.php who represented him on the occasion of the Taxpayers appreciation day 2014/2015.

The appreciation day that was dubbed, ‘Omugano gwa URA’ was held at Namboole Stadium on Sunday.

 Rugunda greets comedian Ssegujja at Omugano gwa URA at Namboole

Rugunda greets comedian Ssegujja at Omugano gwa URA at Namboole

The President said Government was fully committed to supporting Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in the execution of the critical role of improving domestic revenue mobilization to finance the national budget.

“The target of government is to see a greater percentage of the development expenditure financed by internally generated revenue as well as to see our tax to GDP ratio grow, from the current 12.83% to 16% over the next 4 years,” Museveni said.

“The growth in revenues will unlock the growth potential of Uganda’s economy, reduce donor dependence and also increase development in infrastructure, education and health,” he expounded.

Museveni called upon all eligible taxpayers to comply with legislative and administrative reforms so that the country is able to increase its tax to GDP ratio and hence reduce the public debt.

“I salute the efforts and strategy of URA on formalizing the informal sector,” the President said, adding that Government will give the support needed especially in the area of policy and legislative reforms to support the drive.

He said the informal sector contributes approximately 52.4% of GDP while employees who constitute about 70-80% of the labour force contribute only 38.4% of the region’s GDP.

Quoting from one of the greatest African leaders, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Museveni said Independence cannot be real if a nation depends upon gifts.

Gerald Sendawula, the Chairman URA Board, said payment of tax was recognized in both the Bible and Quran, adding that all persons who earn should contribute to the development of the nation and should guard against evading taxes.

The Commissioner General, URA Doris Akol said URA posted a record surplus in revenue collections of 139.22billion shillings in Financial year 2014/2015, the largest surplus realized so far in the history of URA.

Rugunda hands over taxpayers appreciation award to one the winners at Namboole stadium

Rugunda hands over taxpayers appreciation award to one the winners at Namboole stadium

Some of the award winners in various categories at the 11th annual taxpayers’ appreciation awards included Jubilee Insurance Company, Igongo cultural Centre, Alliance One Tobacco, Vision group and JSI research and training Institute among others.

The Taxpayers appreciation day was held under the theme, “Let’s grow together” which is in line with government’s aspirations to facilitate business growth.

 
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Jointly organized by the African Union and the Government of India, the opening ceremony of the Senior Officials Meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Albert Chimbindi, Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union and Mr. Navtej Singh Sarna, Vice Minister of External Affairs of India.

Also present at the function was Mrs. Jennifer Chiriga, Chief of Staff of the AU Commission and other African Union Officials.

According to Indian officials, this is first time that all the 54 African countries are coming together outside the continent for such a meeting, with 40 of them expected to be represented by their heads of state or government.

The India=Africa Summit is aimed at boosting political, economic and trade ties.

Ambassador Chimbindi in his opening remarks, underscored the importance for both parties to work together towards an inclusive economic growth for a sustainable development while achieving synergies on the shared core priorities as identified under the different areas of cooperation.

The Senior Officials from both sides exchanged views on ways to enhance their cooperation in various areas of common interests based on common values and aspirations of the African and Indian people with a view to achieving development, integration and prosperity as indicated in the AU Agenda 2063 and its First Ten Year Implementation Plan among others.

The itinerary for the summit includes a meeting among the foreign ministers on Tuesday, and a grand banquet to be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, on the evening of October 29.

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