While speaking on a local radio station recently its is reported that the way Dr Chris Baryomunsi explained the tax guidelines to the people was unsatisfactory with the District Council who then demanded an apology from him.
However, MP Baryomunsi claims the apology is not necessary because the Levy was not only unacceptable but also unlawful.
“The tax does not only define what the peasant is but it elaborately provides guidelines on the rates to be charged. Therefore the councilors need to interpret the law and not jeopardize the collection of the tax,” Baryomunsi told the press in Kanungu on Monday.
This follows the District Council’s decision to levy a tax of Shs 5000 on all adults in Kanungu district, a move that has been contested by the residents saying it is a burden to most of them.
According to Dr. Baryomunsi’s view, the council is not following the law in deciding on how to levy the tax, a decision that is tantamount to the reinstatement of the abolished graduated tax that was scrapped off in 2001. He therefore asked the District Council to study the law very carefully on section 80 of the local government tax as amended and the 50th schedule of the same law.