AUPL: Ssentongo Outshines Miya as Vipers Drown in Five-goal Thriller

Kampala traders under their umbrella body, website like this Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) have called off their planned strike that was set to commence on Wednesday, in protest of a directive from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to have tax defaulters arrested and imprisoned.

Traders last week vowed to close down business for a period of five days if the directive was not withdrawn. They also expressed anger over the response from URA, shunning their call for dialogue on the tax issue.

“We wrote several letters seeking to meet the URA Executive Director and her team, to have a fair hearing but we were tuned down. URA instead wrote back informing us that they could not sit to discuss tax issues with us whom they termed as “third party,” noted KACITA Chairman Everest Kayondo.

The directive that sparked grievances among the traders was issued by the Customs Commissioner General, Dickens Kateshumbwa, ordering imprisonment of all traders whose tax entries shall be found incorrect and lacking.

In a meeting held Tuesday at JBK Hotel in the City Centre, URA officials led by Agnes Bagaya the head of Enforcement, James Kisaale Ag. Commissioner in charge of Trade and Patrick Mukiibi the commissioner in charge of investigations apologized for what they termed as a misunderstanding of a directive which was an internal communication to URA officials.

KACITA's Everest Kayondo

KACITA’s Everest Kayondo

“The letter that was issued was never intended to victimize anyone, it was an administrative communication to staff on how to manage issues within,” noted Agnes Bagaya.

“The directive was to caution our staff to follow the particulars within the law since most of them had become reluctant in executing their operations,” Bagaya said.

The traders were arguing for an immediate withdrawal of the directive since it could be used by URA staff to extort traders.

Bagaya requested the angry traders for a period of ten days to consult with their bosses and come out with a final decision on the directive since the Commissioner General is out of the country.

She added that any compounding or prosecution of any trader within this period will be handled case by case and not a collective responsibility.

The commissioners labored to explain that in any case, any prosecution targets perpetual tax defaulters and not just to victimize the businessmen and women who are genuine tax payers.
Reigning Uganda Premier League champions, cialis 40mg Vipers Sports Club have suffered another setback in their race for title defense after falling to URA FC in a highly contested and balanced five goal thrilling encounter at the Mehta stadium, seek Lugazi that saw the Buikwe side give away an early lead to lose 3-2.

Elkanah Nkugwa scored the winner inside the three added minutes to ensure the Kitende side pay.

The Buikwe side went up in just the second minute from a fast interchange between Dan Bilikwalira and Seninde before releasing to Sekisambu who was unmarked for the opener.

The tax collectors stepped up attack that yielded fruits ten minutes later. Feni Ali, Saidi Kyeyune, Kalanda and Ssentongo exchanged twelve telepathic passes from the middle before the latter finished a powerful right shot past Watenga.

The 25-minute downpour made matters worse for the Buikwe side who thrive on passing their opponents while giving advantage to the physical hosts.

Ssentongo was on it again in the 34th minute dummying four Vipers players inside the box before he fired from the near left angle. Shafiq Bakaki directed the ball to his own net but the goal was eventually awarded to Ssentongo.

Second Half Action.
Vipers resumed with an early plan B, pulling off Keziron Kizito for William Wadri. The substitute did goodwork on his first touch before he split URA defence with a brilliant pass but Cranes star Farouk Miya blasted it out.

The champions redeemed their hopes seven minutes after the interval when Sekisambu finished off a rebound saved by Sulait Luyima off his first attempt for the equalizer.

The tie seemed destined to a fifth consecutive league stalemate, coach Golola pulling off superstar Farouk Miya for Allan Kyambadde in the 89th minute.

But the tax collectors had the last laugh in the last minute. Elkanah Nkugwa picked the ball inside a goal melee and stunned Vipers defence for the winner.

On A lighter note:
The attacker was immediately pulled off after failing to raise himself from the ground following his ‘Dont do it in Uganda’ type of knee-sliding celebration.

Coach Kisala has now picked two wins from as many games after assuming the headcoach role on interim basis.

URA XI;  Luyima Sulait, Kulaba Jimmy, Munaaba Allan, Kassaga Richard, Senkoomi Samuel, Agaba Oscar, Kyeyune Saidi, Feni Ali, Kalanda Frank (Tekwo Derrick), Sentongo Robert, Elkanah  Nkugwa (Sekitto Samuel 93′)

Subs: Bwete Brian, Semakula Noah, Kagimu Shafik, Ochan Patrick, Othieno Deo

Vipers XI:
Vipers SC lineup:  Ismael Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Dan Birikwalira, Yusuf Mukisa, Shafik Bakaki, Patrick Sembuya), Keziron  Kizito (46′ William Wadri), Miya Farouq (87′ Allan Kyambadde), Erisa Sekisambu, Nkuubi Brian, Musa Malunda, Duncan Seninde.


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