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TRAVEL AGENTS CONDEMNS GOVERNMENTS’ DEFAULT

BY INKE BRIAN and TIBAINGANA FRED

The Uganda Travel Agents Association (TUGATA) and Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) have condemned Government’s decision to abolish travel agents to engage in travel transactions.

Addressing the media at Hotel Africana, the President Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) Pearl Kakooza H. says the decision by government is indirectly denying them opportunity to work.

Pearl Kakooza who also doubles as the Chairperson TUGATA maintains that Government need to revise its decision saying there exists over 400 travel agents in Uganda employing over 4000 people majority of whom are Youth and women.

Last month the Government issued an order restraining travel agents from selling Air tickets advising travelers to instead deal directly with Airlines.

According to the travel Agents the decision was not in good faith because time to time travel agents have been known to be dealing in travel tickets as one of their day to day business.

Kakooza adds that by the closure of the financial year 2017/2018 the air ticketing agents have managed to contribute UGX 5 billion in Pay as you earn (PAYE) a corporation tax to the Government.

Kakooza insists that government risks to loose UGX 3 billion and 2.5 billion as NSSF remittances from the people employed by the industry.

Kakooza revealed that Government of Uganda owes Travel Agents a debt of 4.5 trillion which accrued as a result of pending debts onto air tickets on government ministries and agencies.

Agents under their umbrella have threatened to sue the Government for the unpaid air tickets which was supplied to various Government Ministries and Agencies.

TUGATA board Advisor Kayondo Everest wonders that despite Uganda being blessed with Mountain Gorillas it’s charging cheaply at 600 dollars compared to its counterparts Rwanda and Congo whose costs goes up to 1500 dollars.

According to Kayondo, its high time Uganda rekindles its airline if we are to meet the standards just like its counterparts who are earning highly out of the Gorillas.

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LAW FIRMS FIGHT OVER REPRESENTATION OF KAMPALA CASINO SHARES CASE

A war of legal clientele representation has erupted in Shs3.3 billion property dispute commercial case involving three businessmen over the shareholding of the premier gambling outfit, Kampala Casino.

In a letter dated February 22 that our reporter learnt of, a United Kingdom (UK)

SUPREME MUFTI PLEDGES ON NAKASERO, WILLIAM STREET WRANGLES

MPIGI – Supreme Mufti Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa has promised to deliver a lasting solution on the two controversial mosques of Nakasero and William Street in Kampala. Launching a Mosque in Nkozi, Mpigi district, Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa said they have a team that is engaged in deliberating on issues concerning the two Kampala based mosques that have caused sharp divisions among Islam as a religion.

LUKWAGO GRANTED BAIL

26 Opposition Members who have faced charges of disobeying lawful orders issued by the constitutional court last week, not to continue with their defiance campaign, have been granted bail before Makindye Chief Magistrate court .

They include the lord mayor EliasLukwago, 2 pastors David Happy Ngabo

MUSEVENI REJECTS MPs SALARY BILL

Civil Society Organizations have praised the president for not assenting to the income tax amendments bill that would exempt MPs from paying taxes over their remuneration and allowances.

The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) warned

US DIPLOMATS ON M7 TALK AGAINST ICC

The United States diplomats have re-echoed their stand when they walked out of the swearing in ceremony for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at Kololo grounds describing President Museveni’s attack on International Criminal Court as meaningless.

President Yoweri Museveni during his swearing in

GOVERRNMENT INVESTS IN MILK PRODUCTIVITY TO MEET GLOBAL DEMANDS

By Samuel L ugada

Government has invested in the Dairy Development Authority, DDA to increase on Milk productivity to enable Ugandan meet the global demands.

State minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries,

ISLAMIC BANKING IN UGANDA AS GOVT CONSIDERS SCRAPING TAXES ON LOANS

Government is committed to examine its taxes onto the loans to ensure that taxation is not a hindrance to the Islamic Banking. The Director of Economic Affairs at the ministry of Finance Lawrence Kiiza revealed

CHRIS MUBIRU SET FREE OF SODOMY 10 YR JAIL

Kampala High Court has over turned a decision by the magistrate’s court in which former Sports Club Villa manager Christopher Mubiru was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to 10 year jail sentence.

However, High Court judge Wilson Musene Masalu set Mubiru free after faulting the

FDC APPLAUDS KADAGA ON KAVUMA ‘STUPID’ ORDER

By Ritah Kwagala

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change has applauded Parliament for its strong stance against the controversial interim order by Justice Steven Kavuma banning the house from discussing the Golden Presidential handshake.

The FDC Party Chairman Amb Wasswa Birigwa says Parliament has taken the right