Restore graduated tax, judge tells govt

Justice Wilson Musene has asked government to re-instate graduated tax in order to reduce idleness among the youth.

The judge was speaking during the opening of the criminal session of the High Court in Arua District last week.

“In the Judiciary, we think that graduated tax should be re-introduced so that people are kept busy to avoid this idling around,” Justice Musene said.
He decried the increasing cases of child trafficking and rape in the region, saying it demeans women “who are our mothers and daughters”.

Supporters for the restoration of the tax argue that ever since it was scrapped in 2006, most Ugandans have lost a sense of responsibility.

Women bread earners
The district chairperson, Mr Sam Wadri Nyakua, agreed with the judge, saying men had now relegated all their responsibilities to women.

“If the powers were mine, I would have liked a kind of direct tax to make people responsible. Something should obviously be done to restore a sense of responsibility in our society,” Mr Nyakua said.

In 2012, during a workshop in Kampala, the then acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Mr Patrick Mutabwire, said the mere mention of the tax, especially to village folk, evokes sad memories as many men spent days and nights away from their families to escape the wrath of local enforcement officers who brutally arrested defaulters.

But other proponents instead called for better improvement in collection methods of the tax if it is to be re-introduced.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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