KCCA taxes posh homes, puts Shs4bn in CCTV cameras

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Jennifer S Musisi

Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] has asked owners of private residential houses in the city to start paying property tax.

Jennifer Musisi, KCCA Executive Director, is quoted by Uganda Radio Network [URN] saying the property tax waiver on private residential houses costs the Authority over $1.3m dollars annually.

She says all the owners of houses in upscale parts of the city are not paying property tax.

Musisi says owners of multiple houses in the City avoid paying the property rates by claiming that they reside in the houses yet they rent them out.

During the 2006 presidential election campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni, said those staying in the houses should be exempted.

As a result, the Local Government Act was amended to cater for exemption.

The Local Government Act 2005 and its amendments of 2006 also exempts official residence of the President, a traditional or cultural leader and property used exclusively for public worship, and residences of a religious leader from property tax.

Puts Shs4bn in CCTV cameras, street lights

The authority has also set aside Shs4.4 billion to install the CCTV cameras and solar powered street lights across the city.

Daily Monitor quotes Musisi making the revelation during a site visit of various roads that are lined up for installation on Monday.

“We started a few weeks back on the installation work and it is still continuing and we believe that by the middle of June, you will see lights going up. Everything has already been done since all the lights alongside cameras have already been shipped in the country,” Ms Musisi is quoted as saying.

KCCA has contracted Zhejiang Holley International Company Ltd to execute the job.

Among the roads where the street lights are going to be installed include, Jinja Road, Kampala Road, Queen’s Way, Kintu Road, Bombo Road, Katwe, Entebbe Road, Nile Avenue, Kiira Road, Mutundwe, Wansanso, Bwaise Road, Bahai, Lugoba Road, Weraga, Kyagwe Road, and Constitutional Square.

Musisi asked Ugandans to desist from stealing the bulbs and cameras as well as buying KCCA property.

Among the roads where the street lights will be installed include, Jinja Road, Kampala Road, Queen’s Way, Kintu Road, Bombo Road, Katwe, Entebbe Road, Nile Avenue, Kiira Road ,Mutundwe, Wansanso, Bwaise Road, Bahai, Lugoba Road, Weraga, Kyagwe Road, and Constitutional Square.

Agencies