Government bodies stopped from handling cash
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 00:00
An offender who has been fined by traffic police should directly pay to the tax authority rather than depositing the money at a police station.
All fees, fines and payments for licences of any kind to government should be made directly to Uganda Revenue Authority and not through the line ministries, departments and agencies as has been the case.
For example, a client who wants to pay for a trading licence in Kampala should directly pay to the tax the body instead of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
An offender who has been fined by traffic police should also do the same rather than depositing the money at the police station.
“This now means that instead of having ministries, departments and agencies receiving the monies (for non-tax revenue), the client will directly file that payment online to URA,” the assistant commissioner in charge of process management, Mr William Kiganda, said yesterday.
He continued: “As soon as the client’s bank confirms the payments, URA will instantly get notification and permit the transactions. For example if the police had confiscated your vehicle it will now be released upon confirmation of payment.”
According to Mr Richard Kamajugo, the acting URA commissioner general and the commissioner for domestic taxes, Mr Henry Saka, this move will eliminate the corruption tendencies that were being encouraged by the handling of hard cash by the government departments and agencies.
The Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, warned that those who will go against the initiative will be punished in addition to being demoted.
According to URA, Uganda Registration Services Board (URSB) and the immigration department who have experimented this initiative have increased their non-revenue collections and management.