The Unites States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has asked all donor communities to exert pressure on worrying parties in south Sudan if refugee crisis is to reduce.
Speaking during the ongoing solidarity summit on refugee at Munyonyo, Malac said that even though urgent attention is needed to cater for wondering refugees in Uganda, long-lasting solution is needed to deal with this crisis.
“If South Sudan got peace today and all these refugees return to their home country, we wouldn’t be talking of refugees in Uganda. So the best way to bring this refugee crisis to an end is to restore peace in South Sudan,” Malac said.
She said that the use of gun has totally failed and thus diplomatic measures must be pursued by international communities to enable peace prevail between these two parties.
The volume of trade has increased in Mutukula and revenue collection doubled since the construction of One Stop Border Post in 2015 to ease business between Uganda and Tanzania.
The Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner Customs Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa and Trade Mark East African Director Moses Sabiiti on Friday visited the border post which is the busiest in South and Western Uganda.
According Mr. Kateshumbwa, in 2014 URA collected from Mutukula Shs 61.2bn in taxes from imports of 111.8m kilograms of goods at the total value of 276.9bn.
Meanwhile in 2015 when the construction of the border post was completed, Shs 102.5bn was realized from the imports of Shs 347.7bn goods (144.4kg).
And last year Shs 131.8bn was collected from the imports of Shs 468.3 worth of goods.
Major items generating revenue are fuel, coffee and rice according to the statistics from URA.
“Trade and collection of revenues from this border post (Mutukula) have significantly increased for the last two years when the one stop border facility was put in place,” Kateshumbwa said.
The Shs 18bn One Stop Border Post in Mutukula was constructed by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with full financial support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
TMEA Director, Joseph Sabiiti says, “The absence of this facility was negatively impacting on the tireless struggles by our people to do cross border trade. TMEA came in place to do away with the barrier,” he said.
Meanwhile traders appealed to Minister Amelia to address the issues of harassment from the Tanzanian side when they cross.
Amelia promised that the matter would be handled since Uganda is the current chair of East African Community’s Council of Ministers and Heads of State.
From left: Moses Sabiiti, Dicksons Kateshumbwa and Amelia Kyambadde pose for a picture with traders.
By Stuart Yiga
On Friday evening police sealed off the Forum for Democratic Change- Kampala offices, found at City House William Street and allegedly kidnapped a group of youths including; Robert Mayanja, Ayub Kigongo and Abudallar Kizza Bakasambe before they were driven to unidentified place.
It is alleged that the group spearheaded the dumping of a painter yellow pig near State House on Thursday, among other cases.
We shall keep you posted.
The entity of the Wakiso District land registry is being run by a group of mafias, the commission of inquiry into land matters has heard.
On Friday, Mr. Satia Mwangusyo, the Principal Land Management officer told the commission that at the time he arrived, Wakiso district land registry was like a marketplace without any organisation in the way they operated.
“The land officials at the district were the same officers occupying offices of the land ministry,” Mwangusyo said.
“The ministry (lands) zonal office committee didn’t exist and it was only one man from Katabi who did the work for the 18 sub counties in the district.”
He recounted that the land officials in Wakiso were untouchables and did everything they wanted in disregard of the law.
There was a racket, he adds, led by the district land officials who had brokers and controlled the entire land management system in the district.
“They had a lot of influence that when you reported them, nothing was done. They were the same people who received applications for land titles and run the chain up to clearing to be given the title.”
Mwangusyo further narrated that the Wakiso land officials could send their brokers to various areas to get deals of people who wanted to get land titles.
Government, he said, lost a lot of revenue to these land officials in Wakiso who always pocketed the money.
He narrated how he was able to collect shs265billion and send it to URA while the land officials never remitted the money they collected to government.
“I realised that if properly handled, government can fund the budget just from money collected from districts, “he noted.
However, according to the principal land management officer his life was in danger while working in Wakiso as district land officials wanted to kill him.
“I never ate anything not until I reached home for fear of being poisoned. At one time they almost crashed my vehicle because I had stopped their dealings.”
He added that he was surprised when the ‘mafias’ who had ‘relocated’ to Mukono district when he was posted Wakiso returned (to Wakiso) when he went to Mukono.