High Taxes anger Fort-Portal Pork Sellers

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Over 20 pork sellers in Fort Portal town have threatened to storm the office of the town clerk to demonstrate over what they termed high taxes.

Over 20 pork sellers in Fort Portal town have threatened to storm the office of the town clerk to demonstrate over what they termed high taxes.

The sellers are from Kacwamba trading center, Kasusu trading center, Kisenyi, and MT all in South division, Fort Portal municipality.

The aggrieved traders claim that on September 7th 2011, they received a letter dated 1st September, 2011 from the town clerk directing them to start paying 6,000 shillings for each head of pig slaughtered.

But they have refused to pay the money claiming that they were not notified earlier. The traders also say that this money is too much because in addition to the 6,000 shillings, they are required to pay annual license fees ranging from 60,000-80,000 shillings depending on how big the business premise is.

Keeya Charles, the chairman of Fort Portal pork sellers says that council is asking them to pay 6,000shillings for each pig slaughtered yet they do not have a slaughtering slab. He says that the tender for collecting the said money was awarded to butchers who slaughter cows and goats yet it is against the teaching of the Muslim faith.

Keeya argues that the tender for pork slaughtering should have been awarded to pig traders adding that pork cannot be mixed beef.

Sarah Kajoina, proprietor of Kasusu Black House Pork joint says that the tenderer comes with armed police who threaten them and some of their weighing machines were confiscated and up to date they have not been returned.

George Ahaisibwe of Kacwamba wants the tender for pork to be awarded to the pork sellers and not to cattle butchers. He also says the Shs 6,000 charged on each head of pig is too much compared to the 9,000shs charged on each slaughtered cow.

They are demanding the reduction of fees to at least 2,000shs per head of pig slaughtered and withdrawal of the tender from the cattle butchers to pork butchers.

Herbert Mugisa, the chairman LC3 South division, when reached for a comment denied knowledge of increasing the fees.

He said that some politicians had politicized the tender but declined to disclose the said politicians.

Town clerk Ambrose Atwooko denied signing the letter and said the executive committee of Fort Portal municipality will sit and see how to collect the daily and monthly fees.