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Central government delay to release local revenue irks leaders

Town council mayors in Mbarara district have expressed their disappointment over the delay by the central government to release the local revenue collected that amounts to over UGX 500 million.

The concerns come after government introduced the new system in July 2022 named integrated Revenue administration system (IRAS) in all districts for collecting tax.

The concerned town council includes Nyabisirira, Bwizibwera-Rutooma, Rwanyamahembe, Rubindi-Ruhumba and Bucuro.

Chairing the meeting at the district headquarters in Bwizibwera, Patrick Tumuhimbise Bigabwensi, the mayor Bwizibwera-Rutooma town council said that since September 2022 up to date they have never received money from the local revenue collected under IRAS.

Bigabwensi noted that as of now they don’t have a single coin to do any activities in their areas of jurisdiction.

Juliet Nabakoza, the vice chairperson Mbarara district promised to follow up the issue saying that without money services cannot reach the people.

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