URA Meets Clearing Firms Over Compliance

Police in Rugashali sub-county Kibaale District is holding a 16 year old Boy on allegations that he poisoned his step mother and two family members.

The OC Rugashali Police Post Nelson Rubwama confirmed the arrest and identified the suspect as Living Ngabirano a P.4 drop-out and resident of Kibanda Village in Rugashali sub-county Kibaale District.

The suspect allegedly used poison commonly used for killing wild animals which he mixed with milk and served it to the family members on Monday morning.

According to the father, approved Kanyaihamba Kariveri, salve his son left school and has been a menace in the family.

The suspect when grilled by police, said his father Kanyaihamba refused to give him land where he could build his house and that his step mother Alice Kiiza was mistreating him.

The teenager told police that he was targeting only his step mother but unfortunately the milk was drunk by all family members.

The three victims admitted at Rugashali health center III include areAlice Kiiza step mother, Ronald Muhwezi 12, and Florence Kemigisha 14.

URA has cautioned directors of clearing and forwarding firms against evasion as it seeks to strengthen its revenue collection base.


Speaking at the Golf Course Hotel, information pills where clearing directors met, drugs Mr. Begumisa Import Taxes Commissioner called for integrity within the industry to boost tax revenue and increase efficiency in service delivery.

Mr. Begumisa also noted how over 50 staff this financial year had faced disciplinary action over behavior that derails business at URA. In order to overcome compliance challenges, he said that URA has a number of tax education campaigns on-going, it has also partnered with several agencies like ATAF, EAC, KCCA and URSB.

In relation to the above, Mr. Stephen Magera, the Ag. Commissioner Customs, urged the clearing Directors to have harmonized practices and cause no room for unethical standards.

Some of these ill practices he mentioned included; denial of information of non-tax compliant agencies leading to crime and lack of strong regulated ethical standards to streamline the entire process so that people are responsible for their actions.

Although clearing agents acknowledged some of their unethical behavior, their representative from the Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA), Hussein Kidede challenged URA to have a customer service desk that is equipped and empowered to resolve some of the above issues.

Representing the Commissioner General, Mr. Henry Saka called for trust among the agents and operation on a code of conduct so as to expose the non-compliant members in the fight against corruption in taxation.

Also key among the different speakers at the forum was Fred Omach, State Minister for Finance (General Duties) who praised URA for the work well done in achieving its mandate.

“Because your good [URA], you deserve only good and have to collect more,” he joked adding that that next financial year target for URA has increased to UGX14.15 trillion.

He gave hope to the Agents’ bosses that URA was integrating new processes and systems especially the Asycuda world to ease their work.

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