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URA laments over KRA’s ill intentions

15 October 2012, 11:21 Roggers Momata

After the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) levied storage charges against the Ugandan-bound cargo in a period when the state was experiencing a cash-bond controversy, the Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) has now appealed to its Parliament seeking to put pressure over the advantageous act.

While convening a meeting with the government’s finance committee, URA General Commissioner Allen Kagina argued that the fees levied are likely to disrupt the Ugandan government’s revenue collection plans.

 “It became apparent that our revenue collection declined after the KRA opted to institute cash-bond fees on goods destined to our country. Though that has already been resolved, we do have an issue with the storage charges that our traders incurred during the period. We hereby plead for an immediate intervention from Parliament to have the charges lifted,” said Allen.

In addition to their grievances, Kagina also reiterated that KRA on several occasions has solely been making crucial decisions which need consultative talks from both governments’ authorities. “If not timely addressed, this issue would create more complications in our economy,” added Kagina.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s acting commissioner of customs Stephen Magera confirmed that indeed the Ugandan traders appealed to their authorities to make known their grievances. “It wasn’t the trader’s making but Kenya’s measures which caused the delay into the matter,” said Magera.

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