KACITA Traders to Close Down Shops Next Week Over URA

A video being circulated on social media platforms showing President Museveni as claiming he is working for his children and grandchildren has turned out to be a fake, treat according to research carried out by ChimpReports.

While Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange indeed interviewed Museveni at Rwakitura in March 2011, the adulterated viral video’s content was concocted.

In the forged video interview, Jeff Koinange is heard asking Museveni: “Do you wake up sometimes, and feel, you know what, this is too much. You don’t feel appreciated enough.”

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Then, Museveni purportedly responds: “It doesn’t matter; I am working for myself I am not working for other people, I am working for my grandchildren; for my children.”

This video has been widely shared especially by the Ugandan opposition members including Toronto-based Muniini Mulera.

Some claimed it deflates Museveni’s narrative of championing patriotism and Pan-African ideology in the country.

Commentators said on Facebook that the video legitimises concerns that Museveni intends to perpetuate a family rule in Uganda.


Interestingly, this website has dug through K24 archives and obtained the original video interview held by Koinange at the president’s upcountry home.

On being tired and feeling unappreciated after serving for long, Museveni responds: “When people talk of being tired, I cannot be tired to fight for the destiny of my people. I cannot.”

Koinange then asks, “How much more can you go? How much more can you take? Because sometimes you might feel people are ungrateful here?” Museveni replies: “No, no. They are alright. Our problem was we didn’t have our own money. Our people are moving on very well.”

The President further said, “As long as we were begging, we were that limited. Our people are moving on well. The problem was the base. We had a very small base to start from. Now that we have the base nothing will stop us.”

Highly placed sources say police have taken interest in the leakage of the video which they said fits into the pattern of the recently circulated sectarian audio tapes.

“The motive of these videos is to divide our people and incite them against the president’s family. We are investigating this matter to apprehend the culprits behind it,” said a police source who preferred anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Two days after his persistent fight culminated in government’s decision to shelf it proposed Bill to revise the voting procedure for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat, capsule incumbent Salongo Erias Lukwago has won back the favor of his mother party DP.

The party this morning officially sent him a request to come and contest on its ticket for the mayoral seat in the coming 2016 general elections.

Lukwago on Monday staged a defiant procession toward the national Electoral Commission offices to pick nomination forms; an exercise that had been suspended by the EC chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu, information pills apparently awaiting developments from the proposed Bill which would among others shift the voting right to City Councilors and not the people of Kampala.

The Lord Mayor, who defied police orders to stay at home was arrested and detained through Monday evening at Nagalama Police station.

Later that day, amidst protest from other contestants in the race, Government decided to abandon the Bill and maintain the status quo.

The Democratic Party in a letter dated November 18th is now pleading with the Lord Mayor to accept to carry the party flag in the coming elections.

“The purpose of this letter is to invite you for the party endorsement for your candidature, to avoid double candidature of people from the same party,” requested the DP Secretary General Matthias Nsubuga.

Lukwago has had a good share of misunderstandings with his party, which recently compelled him to form his own Truth and Justice [TJ] pressure group.

While the party officially backs former NRM Secretary General Hon Amama Mbabazi in the presidential elections, Lukwago is behind opposition Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

Lukwago, who is expected to pick his nomination forms tomorrow Thursday 19th, is yet to make a response to the request.

If he is defiant, the party is expected to front Kyaddondo MP Issa Kikungwe to contest on its card in the mayoral race.
Traders in Kampala under their umbrella body, order Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) have threatened to close down their shops for a period of five days following a failed meeting with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) over tax related issues.

The angry traders gathered at JBK hotel in Kampala were dismayed by the response from URA, nurse following a directive recently issued to have all traders with under declaration forms arrested and imprisoned.

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

“We have written several letters seeking to meet the URA boss and his team but without success. They only wrote back telling us that they would not sit in a meeting with us to discuss tax related matters,” remarked KACITA spokesperson, Issa Ssekito.

“Our call was that by imprisoning our traders, the tax would be compounded since there are many factors that lead to under-valuation and concealment.”

To this effect, the bitter traders resolved to task Mr. Gideon Badagawa the Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), a body that oversees the operations of KACITA to meet with URA and Ministry of Finance officials so as to have the directive revoked.

“If by Tuesday 17th, we have no satisfying response from the concerned authorities through PSFU, we shall have our shops closed down from Wednesday to Monday the following week,” Ssekito explained.

He added, “This will be followed by a decision not to lodge any tax entries through our agents for the same period.”

In their earlier submissions to URA, the traders also demanded for the sacking of Customs Commissioner General, Dickens Kateshumbwa who they said went against tax laws to issue an illegal directive.


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