Category «Business»

Beer industry appeals for tax cuts

Players in the beer industry are asking for tax cuts in the upcoming budget. The beer industry is one of the top five contributors of taxes . Uganda Revenue Authority reported last month that the sector contributed Shs 21b in taxes, way ahead of other sectors including electricity, phone talk time and banking. One of the major players in the industry East African Breweries says though  government is under stress to collect more money, it is  not constructive to heap the burden on the leading sectors Speaking to KFM the Director of East African Breweries UGANDA Richard  Wejuli Wabwire said imposing high taxes will only serve to scare away potential investors in the sector.  

Government cancels Namanve land titles

Government has cancelled 74 land titles of investors set to establish business entities in Namave industrial park According to the Minister of Investment Gabriel Aljedra, a total of 277 investors were allocated land but 42 were granted leases after satisfying the Uganda Investment Authority board terms. Another 121 have surveyed their land and the authority is processing their lease while 35 entities have paid a total of 200,000 shilings to the authority to secure their land. However 74 were allocated land but have not taken any action beyond acknowledging the authority offers making the land idle. It’s on this note that government has announced cancellation of their entities and plans for re-allocation. Addressing a press conference, Ajedra said the authority …

Pioneer Buses hit the streets in 2 weeks

Pioneer Easy Buses are set to resume work in two weeks. This is after President Museveni backed a proposal stopping the sale of the buses over tax arrears. He has made several proposals including waiving the entire debt or allowing the company to pay in installments. The bus Company Director, John Masanda says that they will be signing a fresh memorandum of understanding with Uganda Revenue Authority. He says the buses are still in good shape and will be ready to resume operations. The buses have been parked for three months now over Shs 8 billion accrued in unpaid taxes.  

UCC okays Airtel-Warid Merger

The Uganda Communications Commission has approved the merger of Airtel and Warid telecommunication companies. According to the commission Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi, the merger will bring in more revenue for government. The approval however comes with conditions which include among others avoiding collusion to tariffs. He stresses that competition must be in terms on the quality of service and not on tariffs, adding that tariff wars can easily push the companies out of business. Mutabaazi however says the fate of workers lies with the two companies. Warid, which entered the Ugandan telecommunications market five years ago, has been the country’s third largest player after MTN which was the leading player and Airtel in the second position.

Government tasked on tourism

The Ministry of Finance was today put on the spot over the declining budget support to the tourism sector. Members of Parliament on the Trade and Tourism committee grilled the State Minister for Investment, Gabriel Ajedra over not including funds to marketing Uganda as a tourism destination. The committee’s vice chairman, John Ssimbwa notes that other East African countries allocate huge resources towards marketing their countries abroad and are reaping benefits in terms of revenue collection. Ssimbwa says government should invest heavily in sectors that contribute the bulk of the economy’s gross Domestic Product Hon. Ajedra acknowledged the funding gaps, attributing it to the 25% budget cuts by donors, which has cost several sectors including tourism. According to the ministry …