Opinion: Chameleone needs to “pimp his ride” or just pay his taxes!

This is not the first time Jose Chameleone struggles to pay taxes. Jose has forgotten to this several of times. It is actually his M.O. and a thing he does. It is just his arrogance as he lives in a house on a hill and the rocky road to it. Makes him think that the Uganda Revenue Authority will not touch him.

In 2012 Jose got in trouble over a 2004 Toyota TX Prado, as he undervalued the car to URA and therefore the car got impounded by them. In 2014, the singer had to answer for back-taxes on his Cadillac Escalade , as he had tax-arrears on it. Also in 2016 the singer had tax-arrears on another Escalade.

Now in 2020, the same issues happens again. Now with his Toyota Land Cruiser V8. It is like this man doesn’t like to pay taxes or try to avoid it. Chamelone tries to run away from the tax-man. The man doesn’t want pay the state. This is how it seems, since he cannot manage to cough up for the cars he buys.

This is the third car he haven’t paid properly his dues. The man is incapacitated or ignorant of the levies of taxes on motor-vehicles. Seems, like someone needs to give the Mayoral Candidate a lesson or get him to meet URA. Since, this is something he repeats. He rewinds the same story, only to switch with car and what type of car. The rest is the same.

Chameleone can blame others, he can throw under the bus and say that URA is on a vendetta. However, most likely his lazy and his Team isn’t covering for the man. The auditor and the ones running Leone Island isn’t doing it well. Since, this continues to happen. If they have the same person running the books of the company. Than that man should get the axe and the singer hire someone new. Because, this practice is getting old.

You have three cars in questions of the years now.

First in 2012: Toyota TX Prado.

Second in 2014: Cadillac Escalade

Third in 2020: Toyota Land Cruiser V8

As we see, the theme continues with just another ride. He could either pimp his rides or do himself a favour. Pay the damn taxes and move-on like a grown man. You own things, now cough up the dough and let it be. Peace.

A look into the new URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki

Today its official that John Musinguzi Rujoki is appointed as the Commissioner General for Uganda Revenue Authority. He takns now over after 5 years and 5 months of Doris Akol at the helm.

So, the appointed Commissioner General has been the Head of Finance and Audit at the Special Revenue Protection Services under the wings of IGP Kale Kayihura. That’s something he was until he became the Senior Presidential Advisor for ICT. Last year he was appointed the Chairman for NITA-Uganda. Therefore, this man has risen to the upper echelon. His now switching boards and chairs to the liking of the President.

Musinguzi has shown his loyalty in the past as a false witness in the rape case against Besigye in January 2006.

At the rape trial he said this:

DM: At 27, you were heading the department of audit and finance?

MJ: Yes

DM: To whom were you answerable?

MJ: Head of the unit.

DM: Who was this?

MJ: The current inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura.

DM: In your report line, did you have to report to the President?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Did you know the President before?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Prior to working with SRPS, were you known to the President personally or your family?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Was he known to your family?

MJ: He must be knowing the family because we come from the same county” (New Vision – ‘Details of Besigye rape case. DAY FOUR: Jan. 11, 2006’ 31.01.2006).

So, we know why his picked for the URA Commissioner General, as his a loyal waterboy of the President. Who the President knows and trust. That is why his been a Presidential Advisor and held responsibility for so long. His one of the cadre that will be used and also learned from Kayihura. Therefore, he has the qualities that the President looks for.

The appointment comes from the quasi-military outfit SRPS, which was important and lucrative. As it did cease contraband and smuggled goods. This was goods and valuables that could get “lost” and suddenly vanish. That is why there was questions about how the accounting about the SRPS and the “lost” billions shillings too. Also, how ceased goods like cars, tobacco and other valuables disappeared. Surely, these stories should haunt a former head like Rujoki. Not only his false testimony, which he did out of loyalty.

We can anticipate a loyal cadre, someone who will not even dare to insult the mind of the President. He follows the orders from above and will not question the President. He knows what happens if he does and he knows, if he stays loyal he will be compensated. Just like his been paid respectfully for the deed of being a false witness years ago.

Being the Chairman of NITA and now Commissioner General of URA. Surely, loyalty pays off. Gone from a hack inside SRPS to become a big-man in URA. If you know, now you know. Peace.

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Mobile Money Tax shortfall: People change behaviour after levying an unfair tax

Levy on mobile money contributed a deficit of UGX 30.48 billion which can be explained by the fact that high value clients withdraw their funds from agency banking e.g MTN has had a drop of 36 percent in MM transaction values since the introduction of the levy on mobile money” (Uganda Revenue Authority, 06.02.2020).

There is also reported that it has been a 36% drop in Mobile Money Transactions since the enaction of the Exercise Duty in 2018. That means, the added tax on the MM transactions are backfiring. The State isn’t adding revenue, but ensuring that people are finding other ways of moving their money.

This is not shocking, that people change behaviour, when the state makes it more expensive. As the people used these services to send each other money by convenience. Now, one third of the transactions are gone. Meaning, the ones that can change their ways has done that.

The losers are not only the Telecoms, but also the state. As the shortfall of taxes got to be covered elsewhere. As the state had put this into the budgets to cover other state works. This means the targets for domestic revenue wasn’t considering the implications of doing it. As, there wouldn’t be an natural reaction to the consequences to the new taxes.

Instead of increasing the tax base, they are making it smaller and not able to find measures that makes sense. The state has clearly done this without due diligence, neither also configured the stats and the possible behaviour of the public. As their ways gotten more taxed and not considering that they would stop, if they found it to expensive or unreasonable.

The MM tax and the OTT taxes was measures made to tax the digital market-space in the Republic. However, they have both been flawed and also not met their targets, because the public found other ways of doing things.

The ironies about the MM saga is that before the tax, the business of MM was growing. A natural growth and having more transactions every year. Now, that they levied the tax its has a big fall. That is a result of the MM Tax and the public is not having it. Peace.

Opinion: URA is striking at the taxes of opposition candidates ahead of 2021

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General Doris Akol has today stated that she intends to get every single candidate standing for elections in the 2021 General Elections to get a “Tax Clearance Certificate”. However, that is not implemented in any law nor regulation at this point. The Electoral Commission hasn’t said this is needed, as there is no protocol nor law assisting that.

That is unless, the Presidential Elections Act is revised before the election or is amended in time. However, the Presidential Election Act, Fourth Scheduled in the Annex of the law states this:

6.* (a) I have paid all taxes due from me; or

(b) I have made arrangements satisfactory to the appropriate

authority for the payment of my taxes. *(delete where inapplicable)”

(…)

*A commissioner for oaths, magistrate, registrar of the High Court (including deputy and district registrar) or other person authorised by law to administer oaths” (Presidential Election Act, 2000).

The other laws for candidates is to either not being detained for 9 months before the next election. Also, the proof that the person has not been bankrupt. As the candidate has to pay fees to stand as a candidate, which a price that varies on the various candidacies for a individual of a sound mind and being a Ugandan national.

Therefore, the URA could, if they may, be presiding officers, which preside over the oath and have commissioners that administer these oaths. That would be fair to the candidates, as there is no mention of certificates, neither in the Parliamentary Elections Act nor the Presidential Election Act. We can without further judgment …. say its not in the 1995 Constitution, as this is a made up ordeal of the URA Commissioner General Akol.

This is a clear target at opposition MPs, Presidential Candidates and whatnot. To make life harder for them and their candidacies. As they have to suddenly make moves to contact URA and then look over their taxes. This is giving way to the URA to even stop someone from standing, especially if they are finding discrepancies from the candidate.

So, will the Electoral Commission asks for oaths and who will be authorised to administer these oats within the Electoral Road Map of 2021? That should be put in print and they should start moving. Because, there is no mention of a certificate for it. That is a made up regulation, that only fits the mind of Akol.

As long as there is no legal text, no legal bound for the action made, the candidates should necessarily go through this. Unless, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire is writing a new amendment as we speak and wanting it rubber-stamped before dawn. Peace.

Opinion: OTT Tax on Data Bundles is like a dual-VAT

“URA Commissioner General Doris Akol told the Finance Committee of Parliament chaired by Henry Musasizi that the controversial OTT Tax will be charged directly on data instead of mobile money to curb the evasion” (NBS Television, 14.01.2020).

I wonder if Doris Akol has thought this through or is winging it? As she see the losses and lack of results, revenue or tax base with the 200 shillings of doom. The whole OTT Tax is to expensive for the public daily. Now, she wants to move it and indirectly tax it instead.

Surely, they will get revenue, but this will make it more expensive to buy data-bundles for the customers and make the packages more viable. VPN and similar networks to circumvent the usage and payments of the daily OTT Tax have beaten the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). That is why URA does this now.

It is a sign of defiance and civil disobedience. They are trying to patch the hurt. But will this succeed? Will more try to only load data through Wi-Fi networks and wireless networks in general. Not load so much data on the go. Because, people are smart and tries to undercut extra taxes. Especially, when on the data is already paid VAT and the Mobile Company pay their taxes on the profits too.

Therefore, URA and Akol seems fishing. They will raise revenue, but also make the data bundles more expensive and with that stop plenty of people from buying bigger data bundles for surfing online on your smart-phone.

That is just the mere reality. It is a sign, yet again that the OTT is a failed project, who didn’t hit the targets and wasn’t measured right. If it was, the aim and the bargain wouldn’t be like this. That is not happening.

This method is a clever way of adding the costs of data, while charging for service not necessarily used. The OTT Services, which is the reason for why these are charged. Because, the data could be used for other things and therefore, is violating its attempt to make it costly for certain usage on online.

This is again, pushing one story, pushing one tax and trying to tax the public by any means. When the hook doesn’t work, they use the crook. Instead of doing directly, they want to do it indirectly and initially in some way adding a separate VAT on data-bundles masked as OTT Tax. That is really it.

We all know this, URA verify it today. That the only things certain in life is death and taxes. Thanks Akol for reminding us. Peace.

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The President’s Man: Justice Mike J. Chibita

I had never met the president. I was picked by my supervisor; so, I went, picked my tour there and I finished [and] came back. So, it is not that the president has groomed me because I met him when I was somewhere in my career. It is true that I picked a leaf from his work ethic – he is a hardworking man and if Ugandans picked his work ethic, we would be far. But to say that I am a cadre or puppet, that is not true. You just need to ask people who have associated with me: I am a professional lawyer and I have been a professional judge”Mike Chibita interview with the Observer in October 2013 (Sulaiman Kakaire – ‘Chibita: I am a professional’ 30.10.2013, The Observer).

That lawyer Mike Chibita now gets appointed to the seat of the Supreme Court is just a justification to fix the friendly judges for the General Election of 2021. Chibita has been the Director of Public Prosecution since 2013. The DPP has followed orders from “high above” and been a loyal man from the side of prosecution, if it meant putting Besigye behind bars or pinning charges on opposition leaders. Chibita has done that as the noble and “good lawyer” he is.

Between 2008 to 2013, he worked as judge on the High Court before appointed the DPP. Like he had already worked as Private Secretary for Legal Affairs, in the Office of the President for seven years at the State House between 1996 to 2003. So, his been in close association with the President and the upper echelon

So, the now appointed judge to Supreme Court just happens in advance of the General Election. This seems planned and seems to give an edge, to have someone the President can trust and knows is eligible as well. It is not like Chibita isn’t a career lawyer and doesn’t have the credentials, but his not picked because of his rebellious acts or independence. His been a man of the code and following the orders from high. Like for instance in late 2016, the President directed Chibita to drop charges against Taxi Operators in Kampala, which he did. Therefore, the President knows what he gets from this man.

Like the man should in 2018 have answered for this: “ The Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the Police to compile and submit all files related to torture of victims in custody for them to be able to institute a case. Lawyers Erias Lukwago and Asuman Basalirwa who are representing suspects who have suffered at the hands of violators of human rights believe that the DPP’s directive is a mere statement” (NTV Uganda, 24.08.2018). This is currently the state of the rule of law, which the lawyer and high ranking official has supported over the years. Because, it is lack of will to prosecute the ones who are violating the law from the state side. The DPP says his dropped 10 cases a day, most likely the ones who are in-connection with other high ranking officials within the government and the State House. Since, only the small fish or opposition gets handled. Not like the DPP or the state has dropped cases against Besigye or Bobi Wine of late. Neither Dr. Stella Nyanzi or anyone else in his term. Mike is a loyal dude and that shows of what his done of late. Even sent Besigye directly to Luzira. Because, he wanted to show loyalty as well.

We knows how he thinks he can sway opinion, when he wrote this: “Many Ugandans, for whatever reason, are quick to believe in conspiracy theories. Many citizens think that judicial officers receive

phones calls from State House telling them how cases should be handled. I suppose such occurrences are possible, but I never experienced anything like this during my time as a judge.

Political pressure on judicial officers is more likely to be applied through other means. One particularly effective way of applying political pressure concerns the power of the purse. In Uganda the funding of the judiciary is determined and conducted by the other two arms of government” (Mike Chibita – ‘JUDICIAL ETHICS: THEORY AND PRACTICE’ article from “Legal Ethics and Professionalism – A Handbook for Uganda” D. Brian Dennison / Pamela Tibihikirra-Kalyegira (Editors) 2014).

So with the knowledge of this and his many roles within the administration over time. From his time in the Uganda Revenue Authority to the State House, at the Office of the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecution, not to mention the High Court and now the Supreme Court.

I wouldn’t believe this appointment would happen, unless the President was assured. That when he calls, when he directs Mike, he will and listen. Not to forget be compensated for doing so. Especially, in concern of possible Election Petitions in 2021. Because, if there are anything happening. The Supreme Court is filled with friendly, loyal faces like Chibita. Who will not throw the President under the bus, but follow the code and the directions made. That is who this man is.

That is why he has complied and followed, that is why his been directed and have been elevated. Because, his follows and does what needs to be done. Not because his the greatest person on planet earth. Neither, because of his faith or his work ethic. It is because he knows his place and knows how to play it. From making gestures to everyone at the State House, to be dropping charges as the DPP on the orders of the President. He knows when to act and when to react. Peace.

Opinion: Parasites and lies, a walk against himself…

“I have never stolen anything from anybody. And I am also not a poor man”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Walk Against Corruption on the 4th December 2019

Today, was the official walk against Corruption in Kampala, as the President, the Anti-Corruption Unit at the State House and all other governing parties involved muster up a decent crowd of paid participants, staff and whatnot, security guards and whoever they could find. To walk a distance in the midst of Kampala.

At one point, the guards and security told pieces of the march to slow down, because it couldn’t walk faster than the President. Even as he went to Kololo, he still went at a rate, that was to slow too many. This walk will not change anything. It is a PR Stunt, which will not gain anything fruitful. It is more public wastage in order of looking sincere, which it is not and will never, be.

“It is a moral problem because you make yourself a parasite. Corrupt people are parasites because they get wealth which they did not earn, because they think that God does not see the bad things they do. In the last 60 years, I have been watching and I have not seen these corrupt people being successful sustainably”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Walk Against Corruption on the 4th December 2019

With this in mind, the President is truthfully telling the world that his rich. His vastly rich, Ritchie Rich, rich actually. However, the President doesn’t tell how he got there. It was not like he had wealth and assets going into the role of the Presidency. Not like he had estates, businesses and ranches going in. No, he was an impoverished former Minister, who had gotten grants by mercy of Nyerere and who was hired by Obote II. That is who he was until 1986. Therefore, his wealth has come with power and with incentives given to him over time, also boosting his accounts and also his cronies.

Secondly, if it is a moral problem, then its engraved into this administration. If corrupt people are insects and parasites, there is surely a lot of them in his cabinet, in his offices and around his closest associates. Himself is a parasite then. Because, he haven’t gained wealth on innovation, marketing or basic business models, but by being in-office and getting bargain by kickbacks and inside deals.

Last, but not last. We can say you Mr. President has been successful, gaining more and more power, more and more money and depleting the state, little by little. To a point, where nothing isn’t up for grabs, where secret deals inside the State House decides, if they are staying or going. The Presidential Handshakes and whatnot is the ones crediting to you. That is why walking today is obnoxious and outrageous. Only naïve and dumbfounded people believes this PR Stunt.

The man cannot fight himself. He will not tarnish his own creation and destroy what he keeps him there. Therefore, this is charade, packed as a rally and a march against something. But in the end, it will only further show the rot, the plight and the suffering the actions made by this cause. Peace.