The Lukaya Town Council LC III Chairperson, Gerald Ssennyondo Kikyamu is on the spot for allegedly stopping traders from paying taxes.
He came under fire during a council meeting from councillors led by Edirisa Kigozi, the representative of elderly persons to explain his decision, which has affected service delivery to residents.
Kigozi explained that reports from the Finance Committee show a huge decline in the collection of trading license fees and property tax because of the chairperson’s directive to traders not to pay taxes for an unknown reason.
Councilor says the chairperson’s decision to interfere with the duties of technical staff has greatly affected the town council operations and caused a financial loss although the exact amount of money isn’t established yet.
Saad Kintu, another councillor, says they have repeatedly received complaints from Law Enforcement Officers indicating the whenever they close business premises over none payment of trading license fees, Ssenyondo orders them to reopen them.
Councillors also accuse the chairperson of openly supporting bribery, which compromises technical staff.
However, Ssenyondo has defended his actions, saying that most of the taxes collected in the town council don’t reach the town council treasury.
He claims that as the custodian of the town council he has a duty of protecting his people from being exploited since some of the taxes are exorbitant.