Joanita Kawalya Cautions Women On Emancipation – ChimpReports

Joanita Kawalya Cautions Women On Emancipation

Joanita Kawalya at the We Can Campaign on Tuesday

Kampala traders under their umbrella body, website Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) have appreciated the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura’s intervention to solve their tax grievances with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

KACITA Chairperson, ambulance Everest Kayondo revealed that if it wasn’t the intervention of the IGP, prescription the directive from URA that mandated imprisonment of traders found with under declaration and under valuation of their goods would not have been withdrawn.

“After announcing our sit-down strike on Wednesday last week, we received a call from the IGP inviting us for a meeting to have our issues heard and resolved which we responded to by meeting him the following morning,” Kayondo told traders at JBK Hotel in Kampala.

“Kayihura then called URA Commissioner General Doris Akor who in returned scheduled a meeting in the evening; the meeting was chaired by the IGP where URA accepted to immediately withdraw the directive so that traders would open up their shops the following day,” Kayondo revealed.

Kayondo explained that in a letter signed by Commissioner Akor written on December 3, URA accepted to withdraw the directive and remain operating by the East African Customs Management Act.

“Your concerns regarding our recent compliance initiative have been noted. We wish to clarify that all our compliance initiative and measures are being undertaken in line with the East African Community Customs Management Act of 2005; with the severity of punishment being applied depending on the levels of non-compliance,” reads part of the letter from URA.

The traders argued that if the directive remained in effect, URA staff would use it to extort un-receipted money from them.

It’s upon this that traders chose to call off the two days strike and reopened business for operation and as well clear their tax dues.

The contentious directive had been issued by URA Customs Commissioner General, Dickens Kateshumbwa ordering for imprisonment of all traders whose tax entries shall be found with under declaration and valuation.
The We Can Alliance members led by Oxfam Uganda yesterday joined the rest of the world to commemorate 16 days of activism against gender violence.

The 16 day campaign since its inception in 1991 has been used as an organization strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

The event were organized at Nsambya sharing hall in Kampala were youth, hospital women, approved men and children were engaged in several activities such as sports with the main objective of reducing social intolerance against women violence.

Joanita Kawalya, the Uganda renowned musician and the host noted that it’s a collective responsibility of all Ugandans of all walks of life to join hands and fight violence against women since it affects the entire country.

“When a woman is violated at home, the entire family will be messed up and eventually it will spread to the whole community,” Kawalya observed.

Uganda is among the countries in the world with high rates of violence against women. Research indicates that in Uganda 60 percent of married women aged 15-49 have experienced some form of violence inflicted by spouse or inmate partner.

Kawalya noted that women emancipation is among the reasons why violence is increasing in the country hence advising women to always remember that they are not at equal footing with men and should know limits while enjoying their rights.

“The increased lack of respect for one another in families and community at large has resulted in fights, abuse and other forms of violence which we seek to do away with,” she said.

Pearl Development Initiative Executive Director, Khadija Babirye revealed that the We Can campaign aims at reducing the social acceptance and tolerance of violence against women.

“The campaign seeks to change social norms, attitudes and beliefs that have set boundaries of acceptability of violence against women and convince people that violence is neither acceptable nor investable,” Babirye remarked.


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