MPs Hit Back At Treasury Boss Over Tax Exemption

A section of members of parliament has hit at the permanent secretary ministry of finance Keith Muhakanizi over statements he made in line with the tax amendment bill 2016.

Muhakanizi was quoted in the media as saying government had rejected a proposal by the Members of Parliament to exempt their allowances from taxes.

Addressing journalists at parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Members of Parliament Peter Ogwang and Henry Musasizi argued that this facilitation is not for their personal benefit but only helps them deliver on their mandate and as such should not be taxed.

They further say Muhakanizi has no right to speak the position of government on the matter since he is not a minister advising him to concentrate on his job.

Students from various schools in Kawempe Division under the Students for Global Democracy Uganda have staged out a peaceful demonstration in protest of the proposed exemption of tax on MPs’ allowances.

The students have also appended signatures onto a citizens’ petition to President Museveni, asking him not to assent to the amended tax bill that was recently passed by the legislators.

Story By Benjamin Jumbe