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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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OPPOSITION DIVIDED OVER PRESIDENTIAL AGE LIMITS

Unmasking the cracks in the divided opposition in Parliament, four top opposition MPs have met president Museveni for monetary negotiations to front the agenda of lifting the veil to extend age limits and term limits of judges, president, the electoral commission chairperson and his commissioners among others. The MPs who are reported to have met with president Museveni

FORUM OF PARLIAMENTS ELECTION OBSERVERS DISMAY BESIGYE POLICE SAGA

Kampala: A group of Election Observers from the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region are in the country to observe the 18th Feb polls.

These expressed dismay over death of supporters of the FDC Opposition leader

GOVT WITHDRAWS DEFIANCE CAMPAIGN APPLICATION

The government has this afternoon, withdrawn the application for interim orders that it had sought fresh ban of all the defiance campaign activities of opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) and those of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

The withdraw of the interim application came alive this afternoon

MULAGO RELOCATES EMERGENCY UNIT

Mulago National Referral Hospital complex has shifted its emergency department or causality to the assessment center at old Mulago hospital complex.

This is intended to give room to the contractor

BOMBERS OFF FOR OLYMPICS

Kampala - The National Council of Sports has flagged off the national boxing team – Bombers to the Olympic game qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The team comprised of five players and two officials plays the Cameron National side in the quest for the Olympics qualification. Among the players include Sula Segawa,

PARLIAMENT COMES HARD ON GOVERNMENT OVER CHILDREN RIGHTS

By UTN Reporter

Members of Parliament have asked the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development to expedite the process of constituting the National Children’s Authority to take care of emerging children issues in Uganda.

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

KCCA REVEALS PLANS OF RELOCATING STREET KIDS

BY EMMANUEL BAHEMBA, NAMUTEBI HABIIBAH AND NASIWA RASHIDAH

The Kampala capital city authority, KCCA is considering relocating street children a head of the campaign to modernize Kampala City to a modern city.

This has been revealed by the Ag. KCCA Executive Director

KATIKKIRO CHALLENGES UGANDANS ON LOCAL BRANDS

By Nakiyingi Sumayya

The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has challenged Ugandans to promote local brands in an attempt to respond to the global business dynamics.