By Kiyimba Bruno
It was a hot debate as Civil Societies squeezed various members of Parliament on the best measures of how Uganda can widen its tax base.
The debate was at the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) hall Lugogo where MPs like Isaac Mulindwa from Lugazi Municipality, Muyanja Senyonga of Mukono Municipality and many more felt like collapsing.
Organized by the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), various members were put on the panel to discuss what should be done.
In his debate ,Mulindwa he felt that 50% of the Ugandans are in the middle income status, something that many of his fellow MPs were opposed to.
In his explanation, Mulindwa said that on the basis of the families in Uganda, 95% can eat meat every week, something that used not to happen in the previous days. He continued to explain that the daily consumption of meat signifies the high percentage of cows and goats that Uganda has, since these are slaughtered on a daily basis.
“Every Ugandan can now earn a minimum of Shs300, 000 a month which means that they are in middle income status” added Mulindwa.
In opposing, Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Muyanja Senyonga said that the problem is with the government itself and the auditor general.
“Who audits the Auditor General?” Asked Muyanja. He continued to say that with the ongoing debt that the government keeps on collecting, many Ugandans are enslaved to paying the debts which are after all not borrowed in the country’s currency.
In the same discussion, Richard Sempala said that if Uganda has more than 60% of its population poor implying that there is no way it can meet building a middle income distribution of wealth.
Since the 1990s, Uganda has undertaken a number of reforms geared towards broadening the tax base and increasing domestic revenue collection which has helped it to register a significant increase in the domestic revenue collections.