Parliament has summoned the Minister for the Presidency, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze to explain the high fees being levied on politicians for displaying campaign posters in Kampala.
Rubaga South MP, Hon. John Ken-Lukyamuzi said that the Ugshs5 million being imposed by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for putting up posters is too high and illegal.
“There is no legal mechanism in place capable of passing a bylaw of that nature. This tax imposed on posters is illegal and must be quashed by this House”, he said.
Hon. Moses Kasibante (Rubaga North) said that the fees being imposed are illegal because Council did not sit to pass them.
“Council cannot sit while the office of the Lord Mayor is closed and yet he is the one supposed to chair the sittings”, he said.
Citing the Access to Information Act, Kasibante added that the candidates are providing information to the would be voters and there is no need to charge them for doing so.
Jinja East MP, Hon.Paul Mwiru said that the Ugshs5 million is exorbitant and way above the nomination fees for a Member of Parliament.
The Speaker, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said that she received a delegation which was complaining about the high fees being charged.
“What sort of democracy is this? Let us not make it impossible for other Ugandans to access public office”, Kadaga said.
Kadaga said the Minister responsible for Kampala explain to the House the cost of displaying posters in the city.
“We should take into consideration that we are legislating for the whole country. I direct that the Minister comes here and offers an explanation to this House”, she added.
The Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa agreed that it was improper for the Executive Director of KCCA to impose the fees without approval of Council and promised to contact the Minister and request him to make a statement on the same.
Source: Parliamentary News