Just a day after reading the National budget on Monday, the Minister for Finance, Hon. Matia Kasaija has urged government to devise channels in which every adult Ugandan can be forced to contribute to this financial year’s national budget.
Speaking exclusively at a cabinet meeting held yesterday at State house Nakasero, Kasaija asked president Museveni to revive something similar to the abolished graduated tax in which authorities would witch hunt adult Ugandans aged at least 18, and compel them to pay taxes. Kasaija stresses that if every Ugandan could at least pay shs 5,000, the heavily indebted government will ably pay off most of its loans.
MPs reject the idea
When the move leaked out to the members of parliament in today’s plenary, some legislators strongly contested the move on grounds that it is extortionist and unfair to the Ugandans who have been under lock down for over three months without working. Butambala MP, Muwanga Kivumbi was forced to lock horns with the Finance Minister as he angrily lashed out at him for living a flamboyant life when millions of Ugandans are suffering.
“Kasaija’s expensive high end vehicle costs about shs 500-600m. Part of that money is enough to construct a classroom block in each UPE school which costs just shs 50m for a well equipped classroom,” Kivumbi says. “This literary means the cabinet ministers like Kasaija sit 12 classroom blocks while cruising his Porsche ride on the Kampala streets,” he adds.