Museveni Urges Ugandans to Take Pride in Paying Taxes

The police investigation team is set to visit and reconstruct the scene of crime at Pine Village near the Kampala Central Police Station where city businessman Mohamed Ssebuufu is suspected to have masterminded the murder of a one Betty Katusabe.

Late last week, page the media was awash with reports that Katusabe, a customer at Pine car dealers was beaten to death by thugs on orders of Ssebuufu whom she reportedly owed some money.

Addressing journalists on Monday morning, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they have interested themselves into finding out what happened on the fateful day adding that they will have to revisit and reconstruct the scene of crime.

“We are going to reconstruct the scene but over the weekend we went to Kajjansi where she (Katusabe) was staying in a bid to find out what exactly happened and what role was played by who in the murder,” Enanga added.

According to the police mouthpiece, preliminary results indicate that Katusabe died due to multiple injuries on her body.

“We have found out that the cause of death was multiple crash injuries likely from beating, torture or even assault.”

The police publicist said the Police Professional Standards Unit is investigating the poor handling of the case file.

Over the weekend, police boss Gen. Kale Kayihura expressed concern over one of the detectives’ handling of the matter saying she has to be investigated.

“The detective is among those we are currently holding in cells to help in the investigations,” Kayihura said on Saturday.

According to reports, money had exchanged hands so that the CPS detective ‘kills’ the case.

“This was an unpleasant incident done in a high handedness nature without any respect to humanity. We condemn it and shall fight hard to see the culprits are brought to book,” Enanga said.

He added that the matter is being handled by the Central Police Station and closely being monitored by the Kampala Metropolitan Police CIID officers.
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, information pills was revealed in the President’s speech which was read by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, site 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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