The Bible Society of Uganda has applauded government decision to block a tax on bibles that had been proposed by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
Simon Peter Mukhama, the Secretary General of the Bible Society of Uganda told a general assembly held in Kampala today that they vigorously opposed the Value Added Tax (VAT) which had been proposed on bibles that had been imported from China and South Korea.
As a result, bible consignments have been withheld for the last three months.
Mukhama said they engaged Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and met State Minister for Finance, David Bahati expressing displeasure on the proposed tax. The tax, Mukhama said would hike the price of bibles which currently average at Uganda 35,000 Shillings.
Media reports indicated that the Ministry of Finance has blocked URA from implementing the bible and Quran tax. Mukhama said the report was good news, triggering applause from over 500 people who had gathered for the general assembly.
According to a report presented to the general assembly, there is a reduction in the number of bibles sold last year.
The Bible sales dropped from 278,684 units in 2016 to 240,474 units. The Bible Society had projected to the sale of about 250,000 bibles in 2017. Mukhama attributed the drop in sales to increasing digital preference for accessing bibles. He promised to furnish members with digital bible sales starting next general assembly.
The Bible Society of Uganda is a Christian non-governmental organisation, which serves churches and the Ugandans by translating the Bible into languages that people understand best.