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DP OPPOSES PROPERTY TAX IN KAMPALA

NAMUTEBI HABIIBAH, NASSIWA RASHIDA and EMMA BAHEMBA

The Democratic Party Bloc is opposed to the new proposed property tax rate by Kampala Capital City Authority.

The City Authority has proposed an increase in the property tax rate from 2.5% to 6% on all commercial properties in the city.

Micheal Mabikke, member of the bloc says the proposed tax rate in so high, considering the current economic turbulence, owing to the high levels of inflation, unemployment and high commodity prices.

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Mabikke was speaking at the weekly Presser at DP offices in Kampala, adding that KCCA should improve facilities in the city in the city suburbs like drainage, water provision and feeder roads before introducing such taxes.

The proposal will be presented to the KCCA council, before it is endorsed by the council. The minister for Kampala is required to present the same to Cabinet before taking it to Parliament.

Kampala Capital City Aauthority raised revenue from several sources including Trade Licenses, outdoor advertisement, ground rent, local service tax, Parking spaces penalties and fines among others.

In another development, Mr Mabikke also compelled KCCA to make public the utilization of over 20m US $ donated to the City Authority by the World Bank.

The grant was reportedly meant for staff salaries for the Authority, road construction among other services.

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MBABAZI CHALLENGE ELECTION OF HIS FORMER BOSS M7 IN SUPREME COURT

Supreme Court: There was tension at the Supreme Court as Journalists, Court Clerks and opposition supporters anxiously waited for Presidential Petitions from the candidates to beat the EC 10-days deadline.

These sounded to have lost hope, following denial of FDC NEC Members who

NEW IGP DISARMS CRIME PREVENTERS

BY KENEDDY MUHIRE

The newly appointed inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola has given a directive to all the crime preventers that have been bragging around with guns to have them handed over with immediate effect.

The IGP has instructed the commissioner in charge of fire arms

SIX YOUTHS WHO CHAINED THEMSELVES ON POLES, CHARGED

Six youths who recently chained themselves on several street poles around the city in protest of the continued house arrest of Dr Kizza Besigye, the former presidential candidate of the largest opposition party FDC, have been arraigned before court and charged.

The six youth appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu

MUSLIMS CELEBRATE COOPERATIVE WEEK

By Isaac Tenywa

Kibuli: In one of the events to celebrate the UN International Cooperatives Day, the Muslim Community in Uganda has joined the wave to celebrate the activities of the cooperators across the Country.

CURRICULUM CENTER INTRODUCE CHINESE LANGUAGE IN SCHOOLS

A head of the task to bridge communication barriers, the National curriculum development centre has introduced Chinese language in secondary schools which they say will help Ugandans to do business in china.

UPDF SOLDIERS SENTENCED IN SOMALIA

Mogadishu - Nine Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been sentenced to prison for misconduct. The soldiers were found guilty of pursuing personal interest and endangering operational efficiency of the UPDF, contrary to section 124 of the UPDF Act. The nine were part of a group of soldiers implicated

UGANDANS TO UNDER GO DRILLS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT-ECWERU

Kampala-The ministry in charge of disaster preparedness wants all Ugandans of sound mind to undergo disaster management drills in order to be prepared whenever disaster occurs. With the rain season on and frequent earthquake incidences, the Minister Musa Ecweru says disaster prone areas continue to put Government on tension as many lives are at a risk.

UNRA, KCCA JOIN POLICE, JUDICIARY IN CORRUPT RACE

A survey report by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics have ranked Police as the most corrupt government institution, flanked by the Judiciary and the Local government in that order, with UNRA and KCCA as new entrants into the “most corrupt” list. The survey that was done by the Statistics body was carried out on a house hold level, reaching the lowest unit in the Uganda community.

SSEBUTINDE WARNS GOVERNMENT AGAINST BESIGYE ARREST

Kampala - Lady Justice Julie Ssebutinde of the International Criminal Court has warned Government against arresting and dehumanising FDC Presidential flag bearer Dr Kiiza Besigye, an act she termed as barbaric and illegal.

Ssebutinde says the clamp down on Retired Col Kizza Besigye closes