“AUTHOR“` *Mc UziBlaq*
While appearing before the Parliamentary Covid-19 Taskforce Last week, the Health minister, Dr Ruth Aceng, and the Permanent Secretary in the Health ministry, Dr Diana Atwine, pleaded to the legislators to intervene so that the ministry gets a tax waiver. This came shortly after a clash over Shs9b for Tax on the 282 pick-up trucks procured using covid-19 donated funds worth shs23 billion by the ministry of health. Taking this procurement as a donation the health ministry asked for a tax exemption on these pick-up trucks.
The Finance ministry, however, insisted that all government procurements are subjected to taxes and that the people who did not plan for the taxes must be held accountable.
A source close to the latest quarrel over tax waiver told Campass TV media that the Ministry of Health officials have been keeping this money for almost a year and should have planned for taxes when they were making orders.
Senior officials in the Finance ministry warned government ministries, departments and agencies against attempting to fail revenue mobilisation strategies and talked of many imports that come into the country either as donations or grants but they always put their tax obligation managements in place before shipments.
“`Always at your campus“`