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URA closes Nakivubo Stadium over unpaid taxes

By Julius Businge

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has today (March 26) closed Nakivubo stadium located in the centre of Kampala city after the management failed to remit PAYE and VAT taxes amounting to about Shs 400million that accumulated since 2004.

Abudu-Sallam Waiswa, the manager for debt collection at URA told journalists at the stadium this morning that they have given the management four days to have paid the taxes or else the tax body will appoint an independent entity to run the stadium on its behalf until the said taxes are realised.

“We have been in talks with them for a while but they have not responded positively,” Waiswa said, adding URA is a listening body but some tax payers don not listen and that forces the authoprity to us force on them.

This is the second time the stadium is being closed by URA over unpaid taxes. In 2011, when the stadium was closed, the stadium’s management pleaded to the authority and promised to pay the said taxes but in vain.

Its closure means that sports activities that are usually hosted there and a few retail business run inside the stadium will not operate until the issue is sorted out.

Nakivubo stadium is owned by the governemnt and there is a board that manages it on its behalf.

By press time the board were not available for a comment.

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