By Ronnie Weswa
Northern City Division in Mbale City has again today, 16th September 2022 closed over 200 business premises over failure by owners to pay ground rent and licenses.
Speaking to the press today, James Kutosi, the Public Relations Officer Mbale City said the business premises were closed yesterday and today following an operation conducted by Northern City Division Authorities.
“Business premises closed are mostly found on Kumi road, Kikindu market, and Nkoma,” Kutosi said.
Kutosi accused most business people in the City of defaulting in tax payment for two years now since the covid-19 lock down.
The PRO who said that the Mbale city budget for FY2022/23 is Shs3 Billion express worry that the City may not be able to raise this money since most business people are defaulting claiming that they were hit by lock down.
Martine Busiku, the Northern City Division Town Clerk has meanwhile urged business people to pay the money in time before their premises are closed since the crackdown is going to continue in the entire division.
However, James Wanzala and Suzan Namataka both business people from Nkoma say that the delay in paying the taxes is not of their own making but that they are currently doing badly economically due to the current hardship hitting the national economy.