MP Fox Odoi Drags NRM To Court

Traders in Kampala under their umbrella body, web 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, 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.
Budama North Mp Fox Odoi has rushed to constitutional court challenging what he has declared as unconstitutional actions of the NRM -Electoral Commission of receiving, malady hearing and determining petitions that arouse out of the recently concluded party primary elections.

Odoi says that this action contravenes the principles of natural justice as NRM – EC can never be a judge in its own case.
since the  petitions  are a result of the Party irregularities in the elections organized by itself.

The legislator in his petition also lashed out at the party’s EC chairman Tanga Odoi for hiding under the guise of determining a petition filed by his (Fox) rival Richard Othieno to settle his (Tanga) personal political vendetta with him back in the constituency.

During his tenure at Makerere University, Dr Tanga was not at the best of terms with MP Fox, with whom he disagreed on a number of development issues in their home Japadhola Community.

In January this year, Tanga hinted on directly contesting against the incumbent MP, moments after he was elected Chairman of the ruling NRM Electroal Commission

Fox through his lawyers of Akampumuza and company advocates has now asked court to issue an injunction restraining Tanga from proceeding to hear the said petition or else he stands to lose his position as the party’s flag bearer for the same constituency in the forth coming elections.

He further stresses that besides being denied a chance to defend himself, Tanga is unlikely give him a fair hearing.



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