Mbarara City Targets To Collect Ugx9b Local Revenue In FY22/23
By Our Reporter
Mbarara – Mbarara City council has had challenges in local revenue collections due to lack of transport means , the council has therefore decided to buy a brand new vehicle to boost the enforcement team to hit the target of Ugx9b collections in the financial year 2022/23.
The council led by the Mbarara City Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi commissioned a brand new Ford double cabin that cost them Ugx180m, this was handed over to Mbarara City revenue department on Friday to boost revenue collections.
According to Mayor Kakyebezi, Mbarara City Council has not been performing well in revenue collection though it beats other cities, there has been challenge of lack of transport means to access each area in Mbarara City for revenue collection.
Kakyebezi said that this time Mbarara City decided to buy the vehicle for the revenue department. He further said that in the last financial year they managed to collect Ugx5.5b local revenue and it’s from the same money that they got the Ugx180m to but this vehicle.
“Am hopeful that having bought this vehicle for the department, our target of Ugx9b from local revenue will be hit in this financial year. Our revenue enforcement team managed to collect Ugx5.5b without transport means, this means that this time they will manage to hit our target. I want to assure you that Mbarara City has a system that controls the tax payers money from being stolen,” Kakyebezi added.
He also noted that they have aused Ugx1.6b from the local revenue collections of last financial year to buy a grader to sort the issue of poor roads within the city.
According to the Mbarara city Town Clerk Arthur Abireebe, Mbarara city has also received two vehicles meant for the health department from the ministry of health. One double cabin that supports health services at Mbarara Health Centre 4.
They have also received an ambulance from the ministry of health to support on referral cases at the same Health Centre. Abireebe added that Mbarara City has been facing the challenge of transport to collect revenue, that at times they have had to hire vehicles to move around for revenue collection.
He concluded that having procured a vehicle for the revenue section, it will improve the services for Mbarara City revenue department that had been hiring vehicles to collect revenue at a price of 200,000/= per day which has been too expensive to bare.