Residents Protest MP's Income Tax Exemption

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Augustine Abaho, a resident of Kashaki Village in Buhara parish describes the move by the legislators to exempt their allowances from income tax as betrayal. He says it is unfair for the legislators who earn a lot of money to exempt themselves from taxes and shift the burden to low income earners.

Residents of Buhara Sub County in Kabale district have staged a demonstration to protest against the recently approved income tax amendment bill 2016, which exempts legislators from paying taxes on their allowances.

 
More than 100 residents convened at Buhara playground on Sunday afternoon with placards denouncing the legislators as exploitative.  "Do not exploit us, pay taxes", read one of the placards. "We are tired of voting for you and then you turn against us," read another.

 
 
Augustine Abaho, a resident of Kashaki Village in Buhara parish describes the move by the legislators to exempt their allowances from income tax as betrayal. He says it is unfair for the legislators who earn a lot of money to exempt themselves from taxes and shift the burden to low income earners.



 
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Anent Turyamureba says the decision by members of parliament to exempt themselves from paying income tax is a shame to the country. According to Turyamureba, she is ready to sign the petition by the civil society to compel President Yoweri Museveni not to assent to the bill.
 
 
55-year-old Sharon Turyashemererwa, another resident is worried the legislators waited for the conclusion of the election to pass such unrealistic amendment, arguing that the move is a clear indication that MPs in the 10th parliament may only focus on enriching themselves instead of issues.
 

Florence Tumuheirwe, the Field Officer Kabale Forum for Women in Development-FOWODE, says the legislators have pushed Ugandans on the wall.

 
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According to Tumuheirwe, they have so far collected more than 4500 signatures to challenge the decision of the legislators. Reverend Father Gaetano Batanyenda, the Chairperson, Kick Corruption Out of Kigezi, a Civil Society Organisation operating in South-western Uganda, says that the legislators have turned out to be the worst enemies Ugandans have ever witnessed.

 
He says his organisation is also collecting signatures to challenge the decision of the MPs to exempt their allowances from income tax.
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.