Parliament on Thursday, 07th January 2016 passed a Motion suspending the levying of fees by Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) on political aspirants’ posters within the city.
Makindye East MP, Hon. John Ssimbwa moved the Motion following a heated debate in which Members of Parliament representing constituencies in Kampala raised concern over the fees charged on each poster pinned up.
Kawempe North legislator, Hon. Latif Ssebaggala said that political aspirants are being charged Ugshs 500 to put up posters which is very high and unfair on them.
“This is an injustice because democracy is a freedom. Therefore, we should be able to put up posters so that people are made aware of who they will vote for,” Ssebaggala said.
Hon. Felix Okot Ogong (Dokolo County) argued that people have a right to participate in decision making about what happens in their country.
“You cannot expect people to make a decision on something they are not aware of. KCCA is denying people this right by levying fees on politician’s posters,” Hon. Okot Ogong said.
The Shadow Attorney General and Bugweri County Member of Parliament, Hon. Abdu Katuntu added that no tax or fee can be imposed without backing of the law.
He added that civil servants cannot also impose a tax without the authorization of Parliament.
“There are a lot of illegalities in KCCA imposing these fees. The Attorney General needs to consult with KCCA and advise them. He should instruct the Solicitor General to study the relevant laws concerning the imposition of these fees,” Katuntu stated.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, said the posters are used to lobby the voters to make a choice from the candidates available.
She added that it is unfair to deny the candidates this right and called on KCCA to reconsider the matter.
The Motion passed seeks to suspend the charging of the fees until the legalities are sorted.