Govt increases tax on guns in private hands

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Ugandan Government is proposing to increase tax on gun licenses from two million to five million shillings. Courtesy Photo.

Government is proposing to increase tax on gun licenses from two million to five million shillings.

Francis Twinamatsiko, the Commissioner in charge of Tax at the Ministry of Finance, revealed this today while presenting revenue enhancement measures before the Budget Committee of Parliament.

Twinamatsiko noted that the Ministry is revising the non-tax revenue fees for fire arms aimed at raising revenue. Fire arms licenses range from between 150,000 to 200,000 and the maximum at two million shillings, but the new tax proposal would mean one would acquire a gun at five million shillings maximum.

State Minister for Planning, David Bahati, noted that the increment is not in any way in relation to the fight against crime but rather a revenue collection measure. He noted that the increase will not deter people from acquiring weapons for personal security.

Government expects to raise up to two billion shillings from this increment, if approved.

Attempts to speak to Wilfred Okello Makmot, the Coordinator Uganda National Focal Point on small arms and light weapons, for a comment were futile as his phone went unanswered.

In May last year, Government registered  274 firearms in civilian hands. This was meant to curb the prevailing gun-related crime in the country. Last month, a senior police officer Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down together with his driver and bodyguard just outside his home in Kulambiro, Kampala. Kaweesi was the 14th prominent person to be shot dead in the five years.

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