Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has lashed out at Ugandan legislators for tabling a motion and exempting themselves from paying income tax.
MPs recently rushed to constitutional court while at the same time mooting a motion to dodge Shs3.8bn income tax that government gets from parliament per month.
They then passed the Income Tax Amendment Bill, 2016 on Thursday and introduced a section that removes their allowances from the tax bracket.
Speaking on the matter, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga threw her weight behind the MPs saying they pay many taxes.
“They pay PAYE. The issue at hand was on allowances MPs get. MPs pay a lot of taxes.”
The development has elicited different criticisms across the political divide.
“MPs can’t justify not paying taxes on their generous sitting, town-running and other allowances,” Besigye said in a tweet.
He added: “Other public servants pay! Totally Immoral!”
Anti- Corruption Coalition Uganda executive director Cissy Kagaba has described the action as deplorable.
“If this is passed it shows that the MPs are not patriotic and do not want Uganda to develop because they will be consuming taxes paid by other people yet their allowances are not deducted,” Kagaba said.
She was launching the ACCU 2016 report on compliance of Ministries Department and Agencies to the Auditors General’s Audit report at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Friday.