- MP Fungaroo suggests that a list of names who faced the brutality at the hands of URA be collected and handed over to their MPs
- The MPs condemned the brutality of URA adding that it will be subjected to compensating the affected people as their actions contravene tax collection procedures
- URA denies banging of the affected people saying it could have been accidental
- Situation remains volatile as the UPDF and police remain heavily deployed in Yumbe following last Wednesday’s riot that resulted into burning of two NGO cars working in refugee settlements and a motorcycle of Kululu Sub-county
By Candia Stephen
Arua-Leaders in West Nile have warned Uganda Revenue Authority-URA against continued brutal way of collecting taxes.
The warning follows last week’s incident in Yumbe where two people were critically injured in a clash between boda-boda riders and the tax body officials, who had gone to attend a court case filed against them.
While the situation still remains volatile in the region, Members of Parliament and district leaders have called for immediate end to forceful tax collection by the URA officials from cyclists.
Fungaroo Kaps Hassan the MP for Obongi County in Moyo district and shadow Defense Minister says all the affected people have been called to register with the Sub counties and Parliament will take it up to secure compensation for them.
“URA does not focus on the people they think taxes are more important than the people! If the people are not there where do you get the taxes from?” the MP questioned.
The MP also accused government of corruption and misuse of taxes adding that the people must be convinced of where their money goes and what services come to them. ‘The government is busy paying loans instead of delivering services’
The URA Law Enforcement officers loading one of the impounded motorcycles in Arua town. Photo by Felix.
Meanwhile the Woman MP for Yumbe Zaitun Driwaru described the actions of URA as totally unacceptable adding that the body should be restrained from acting outside the ethical conduct.
She noted that all the affected people in Yumbe will be identified and URA will take the medical and life-long burden of those affected by its brutal way of collecting taxes.
“What URA has done to the people of Yumbe must be condemned with the strongest terms possible, how do you bang a rider with the door of a moving vehicle to make them fall and you arrest them without first knowing if they are tax evaders?” MP Zaitun wondered.
However, the state Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania and MP Terego East apologized for the URA actions, which has left two people with long term injuries, damage to motorcycles and several NGO vehicles and property destroyed.
He explained that investigations are being carried out in to the incident and efforts are under way to ensure that the wrongs are put right and compensation is done appropriately to those affected.
But the LC 5 chairman Yumbe Taban Yasin says the actions of URA to the people of Yumbe and West Nile is a clear manifestation of no good will to the people who contribute a big percentage of taxes to the economy.