Kawempe Division to Confiscate Buildings for Tax Evasion

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Kawempe Division Council in Kampala plans to confiscate all commercial buildings whose owners have defaulted on payment of property tax. Nasser Takuba Kibirige, the Kawempe LC3 chairperson, says revenue collection in the division fell far short of expected estimates because of tax defaulting. He says less than 50 percent of revenue expected from property tax was collected. During last week's reading of the division budget for the 2009/2010 financial year, Steven Sserumaga the Kawempe Secretary for Finance, said the revenue shortfall severely affected service delivery. He said only 173 million shillings of the expected 875 million shillings expected to come from property tax was collected. Sserumaga proposed the confiscation of all defaulting properties in order to realize collections of 704 million shillings next financial year. The Mayor of Kampala, Nasser Ntege Ssebagala, who attended the budget reading, says he is not against the confiscation of properties. He however warns that it may backfire if measures are not taken to ensure that the seizures are in line with the law. // Cue in: iMe, as Ssebagala #i Cue out: i# procedure of the law.i// The Kawempe Division budget for next financial year is 3.2 billion shillings. It will be financed through market dues, parking fees, building licenses and government grants.