Traders protest: Kabaka calls for fair, transparent taxation system amidst

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Traders protest: Kabaka calls for fair, transparent taxation system amidst
Katikkiro Charles Mayiga consults with the Kabaka

In his Eid El-Fitr 2024 message, the Kabaka acknowledged the citizens' duty to pay taxes but stressed the importance of improving communication and coordination between taxpayers and collectors.

The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi, has expressed concerns regarding taxation, emphasising the need for a fair and transparent system.

This message was part of his Eid communication as Muslims nationwide gear up to celebrate Eid al-Fitr tomorrow (Wednesday).

On Monday, protests erupted among traders in downtown Kampala (Kikuubo), prompting them to shutter their shops in protest against the implementation of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

Two individuals were apprehended by the police during these demonstrations.

The traders argue that the introduction of the EFRIS, which includes the use of Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs), e-invoicing, and direct communication with business transaction systems, amounts to double taxation.

They also claim that they are struggling to comprehend the new automated sales records and levy system.

In his Eid El-Fitr 2024 message, the Kabaka acknowledged the citizens' duty to pay taxes but stressed the importance of improving communication and coordination between taxpayers and collectors.

"While taxes can contribute to our development, they hinder progress if not implemented fairly. We require an impartial approach that encourages our people to pay taxes willingly and supports those who require assistance in meeting their tax obligations," stated the Kabaka.

Moreover, Kabaka Mutebi expressed gratitude towards those who showed compassion towards the poor and the sick during the fasting period.

He regarded these acts of kindness as patriotic and urged the community to follow their example.

"We appreciate those who have selflessly aided the less fortunate and the sick during the fasting period. Such compassion is what we must exhibit when addressing issues that affect us collectively, without expecting personal gain or public recognition," the Kabaka said.

The Kabaka also encouraged the support of young talent in creativity, sports, and theater, emphasizing the role of schools and parents in nurturing these skills.

He cited football as an example of how talent can enrich lives and create employment opportunities.

"Let us continue to pray for our country, especially for our leaders, that they may foster communication and consensus, even in the face of political and religious differences. The ordinary citizens benefit more from service than from controversy," the Kabaka said.

Kabaka extended his blessings to all those who observed the fast, encouraging them to continue their prayers and acts of kindness.

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