In Summary
  • God is watching! At an appropriate time the Lord will take drastic and decisive action against all perpetrators of evil deeds which have desecrated His sacred Name and damaged the national image, prestige and reputation of Uganda.

The Sunday Vision of April 22 published an editorial which speaks volumes, loudly and eloquently on behalf of the vast majority of Ugandans who love their country and wish Uganda well.
Titled, “Taxing Bibles and Qurans ridiculous,” the editor of Sunday Vision deserves a vote of thanks from wananchi for a job well done.

As our esteemed readers may know, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in its wisdom or more likely its lack of wisdom coupled with desperation, has proposed a tax on two books, the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran.
URA has dishonestly and callously argued that since these two sacred books are not classified as exempted items and scholastic materials, it plans to impose VAT of 18 per cent on them.

For once, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has done the right thing and blocked this despicable, revolting and sacrilegious move on the part of URA.

According to Sunday Vision, “it is difficult to imagine that URA has reached this level. Perhaps, it is because the tax body is grappling with the problem of low revenue collection. As a result, revenue targets have repeatedly not been met. With two months left to the end of this financial year, URA has collected only Shs10 trillion of the budgeted Shs15 trillion.”
Sunday Vision concludes: “URA needs to address its shortcomings by acting tough on powerful people in the government who aid tax evasion and cracking a whip on its corrupt staff.”

Well, Sunday Vision almost said it all, except to call a spade a spade and name as well as shame those “powerful people” who have routinely plundered and sabotaged the economy of Uganda for over three decades!
One can empathise with URA Commissioner General Doris Akol, who as an outsider in a tribal regime, is constantly at pains to prove to her bosses that she can deliver the goods.

What is wrong with URA? Why is URA trying to shoot itself in the foot in broad daylight? Who are the invisible hands lurking behind this evil and totally unacceptable attempt to tax the Bible and the Quran?
For a country whose national motto is “For God and My Country” it is blasphemy and sacrilege to tax religious objects, especially the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran.

As Sunday Vision correctly observed, since the days of Roman Emperor Constantine the Church has been granted exemption from all forms of taxation.
Instead of imposing all manner of ridiculous and unnecessary taxes on wananchi who don’t see the benefits of their taxes, government should drastically reduce wasteful expenditure on the bloated Parliament, Cabinet and public administration sector.

Government should also reorder its priorities and focus attention on three sectors, namely, education, health and agriculture.
I am, however, not surprised by the offensive and outrageous actions of URA because witchcraft is shamelessly practised by the ruling class of Uganda who are on URA’s back for increased revenue to fund their regime survival programmes and other dubious activities.
As I lamented in a previous opinion, the NRM regime is the first in the history of our country to appoint an avowed atheist and a hardcore witchdoctor as a Cabinet minister!

It is a very dubious record to say the least. How low will the mediocre leadership of the regime sink into the abyss of moral decadence, unethical conduct and spiritual abomination? Only heaven knows, but it’s a tragedy of monumental proportions for a law-abiding and God-fearing country.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda lamented publicly last year about the prevalence and rampant practice of witchcraft in Uganda today.

He shocked believers at a Church event when he said that State House was sadly one of the places where witchcraft is practised!
To the best of my knowledge nobody has since then come forward to deny what the distinguished archbishop said, which means one can safely assume that it is true. What a disgrace and national tragedy for Uganda!

I tell you, God is watching! At an appropriate time the Lord will take drastic and decisive action against all perpetrators of evil deeds which have desecrated His sacred Name and damaged the national image, prestige and reputation of Uganda.
For God and My Country!