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URA halts withholding tax on petroleum products transporters

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Oil marketing companies in Uganda have petitioned the Ministry of Finance to intervene in a tax dispute with Uganda Revenue Authority. Recently, URA wrote to the companies demanding that they remit 15 per cent withholding tax on all foreign transport payments incurred over the years …

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Taxi operators fight over ungazetted parking spaces in Masaka

Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police used teargas to quell rowdy taxi operators who were fighting over the operation of illegal parking spaces and stages in Masaka. Police led by Masaka City Police Commander Moses Nanoka intervened after leaders of Masaka United Taxi Operators and Drivers Cooperative Society, engaged …

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President Museveni defends UPDF offensive against ADF

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has defended the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UPDF launched air and artillery raids against the ADF key bases in the Eastern DRC with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo-FARDC in …

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RDC orders police to close bars selling crude alcohol

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Moroto Resident District Commissioner, James Shilaku has directed the police to strictly enforce the Enguli Act that prohibits the production, sale, and distribution of illicit alcohol in an attempt to resolve security issues. Police have only been impounding large quantities of crude alcohol ferried from …

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U.S. sees gun violence surge in Biden’s first year as president: report

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a U.S. gun violence monitoring group, said the United States saw 44,868 gun-related deaths during incumbent President Joe Biden’s first year in office. The total number of murders, justifiable self-defense homicides and accidental homicides involving firearms were 20,783 in 2021, compared to …

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Soroti district hands over land to Iteso Cultural Union

Soroti, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Soroti District Local Government has finally handed over three plots of land to the Iteso Cultural Union. The plots 15-17 located along Serere road were officially handed over on Tuesday in a function presided over by the second Deputy Prime Minister Iteso Cultural Union, Valerian …

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Novelist Kakwenza resurfaces in Iganga, admitted in hospital

Iganga, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Satirical novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has finally been released. Kakwenza who is facing charges of offensive communication was re-arrested from Kitalya prison on Wednesday shortly after Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Douglas Singiza granted him bail. It was not clear why he was re-arrested. However, his …

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Nabbanja pleads with Museveni to intervene in Byenkya’s saga

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pleaded with the president to intervene in the affairs of the embattled Uganda Land Commission-ULC chairperson, Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki. According to Nabbanja, Byenkya is innocent and is being fought by some powerful individuals in the government who want to …

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NGO builds eco-san toilets for seven schools in Mukono, Buikwe district

Mukono, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Seven schools in Mukono and Buikwe districts have received Ecological Sanitation-Eco-san toilets, thanks to Cape of Good Hope, a non government organization operating in both local governments. Cape of Good Hope is financed by Saluganda-Elkartea from Spain, whose major role is promoting public health. The …

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