Thousands of Ugandans from in and out of Kampala have Wednesday convened at Kololo Independence Grounds for the first day of the tax payers’ appreciation week organized by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
These had come mainly to receive the free services that included yellow fever vaccination and others like URA registration, National ID registration and verification, legal and financial services that were offered by private and public organizations that are exhibiting at the event.
Themed “My Taxes Work”, the event which will last for three days is intended to give a platform to government agencies and ministries to showcase what they have been doing with the taxes payers money.
The event was officially opened by Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karoro Okurut who represented the president as the guest of honor and graced by the Minister for Finance, Matia Kasaija plus other ministers from different ministries, managing directors of government agencies and other dignified government and private officials.
Speaking at the opening, the ED URA Doris Akol appreciated all Ugandans who took their time to come and appreciate, listen and interact with government officials about how their taxes are being maximized for public service delivery.
“We do not take it for granted that all of you are here today, you could have chosen to go do your private businesses. This shows us that you appreciate the work we do and encourages us to continue doing our mandate,” she said.
She added, “I also want to take this honor to congratulate the different MDA’s that are here today. We know you are very busy people, we appreciate the dedication to contribute to the public accountability week.”
In his remarks, Kasaija noted that accountability of tax payers’ money is very pivotal to domestic revenue collection and encouraged URA to continuously reach out to the public in order to eliminate the resentment that Ugandans have towards paying tax.
“If people are continuously given accountability of what the money that is corrected is doing to enhance their well-being, URA will not find a big problem in tax collection because people will pay voluntary knowing that they will gain from the taxes. That is why I appreciate URA for the recommendable job that you are doing,” Kasaija said.