- Businesses in Eastern Uganda are collapsing due to a lack of capital and a high tax burden.
- This is contained in a servery conducted in six districts in eastern Uganda.
Local businesses in more than six business districts in Eastern Uganda are living in fear of hard economic conditions.
A report sanctioned by Twaweza that featured six Business districts in eastern Uganda comprising Mbale, Butaleja, Tororo, Bugiri, Busia and Namayingo highlighted challenges of access to Capital, high-interest rates, high costs of transportation, Taxes, crime, and lack of business skills.
A high-frequency mobile phone survey by Twazezas Sauti Za Wananchi a national representative of a high mobile phone panel has revealed these findings;
Agriculture was named among businesses still operating in a survey which reveals that the main reason businesses are closing was lack of capital.
In the survey 1 out of 3 business owners said doing business in Uganda is easy ,while half said it is difficult.
The concerns are based on the fact the a modern economy cannot function without businesses or without taxes.
In the survey, most business owners are still pessimistic about the state of their businesses than was the case in 2019 .
On taxation,the vast majority of citizens are at least aware of value added tax and VAT.
These are two forms of taxes that citizens recall paying.
Most citizens confess that the reason they pay taxes is to facilitate government to deliver services ,how ever others say they pay taxes because sometimes its compulsory.
Marie Nanyanzi Senior programme officer at Twaweza explained that Twaweza conducts regular surveys, asking citizens about their experiences and opinions on a number of topics.
These attract media and government attention to guide on providing a clear direction towards provision of the necessary services and action to address various concerns.