Hoima Contracts Bailiffs to Hunt Tax Defaulters

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Denis Asiimwe, the team leader from Majimoto Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs, says those who havent cleared have one option to dash to the municipality and process payment.

Hoima municipality has contracted court bailiffs to hunt down tax defaulters after failing to realize Shillings 2.7 billion from property rates and trading licenses, only three months to the end of the 2016/2017 financial year.

The Town Clerk Hoima Municipality, Peter Matsiko, says they have contracted Majimoto Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs from Kampala to crack down on errant businesses and landlords after realizing a hiccup in local revenue collection.
 
According to Matsiko, council resolved to contract Bailiffs since they couldn't do enforcement on their own.

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Denis Asiimwe, the team leader from Majimoto Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs, says those who haven't cleared have one option to dash to the municipality and process payment.
 
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The team, which is comprised of bouncers, has closed several shops and business premises in Hoima municipality since Monday when it embarked on the assignment. On Wednesday, URN saw the Bailiffs close several shops in Kahoora division, the business hub of Hoima municipality.
 
Pascal Amanya, a resident of Park cell in Kahoora division supports the crackdown on tax defaulters, saying the municipality has failed to perform its duties due to insufficient local revenue collection. 

Gabriel Dema, the Kahoora Division Finance Secretary, says the division has been limping in service delivery due to stubborn business owners who continue operating without paying licenses. Dema says the local revenue collectors hired by the council had failed to act on the defaulters, adding that the recruitment of the bailiffs was long overdue.

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.