MULEBA District Council has collected 3,603,204,279/- (equivalent to 98 per cent) of the target, an official has said.
Muleba District Executive Director (DED) Emmanuel Sherembi told the ‘ Daily News’ in an interview that during 2019/20 fiscal year that ends on June 30, this year, the council had targeted to collect 3,662,785,666/-.
“Until April 30, this year, the council managed to collect 3.603bn/- (equivalent to 98 per cent) of the target. The performance is attributed to voluntary payment of taxes by traders and collections from fisheries resources,” he said.
He noted that due to revenue collection efforts the council also managed to buy three patrol boats at 173,383,534/-.
The patrol boats will boost surveillance on Lake Victoria. He also said during the 2018/19 fiscal year the council bought one patrol boat, bringing the number to four.
He appealed to Kagera residents and fishermen to conserve well fisheries resources for their own benefits and for future generations.
He also appealed to fishermen to take precautions against coronavirus by washing their hands with running water and soap and adhere to social distancing.
Meanwhile, 117 vanilla farmers in Bukoba District have been paid about 80m/-, thanks to government’s timely intervention.
Bukoba District Commissioner (DC) Deodatus Kinawiro said farmers had sold their crops through Maendeleo ya Wakulima (Mayawa), an NGO dealing with the crop during 2016/17 crop buying season.
However, for unknown reasons the farmers were not paid until last week, when the DC intervened.
Mr Paulo Tindibebwa (73), a vanilla farmer from Maruku Ward, thanked the government for the timely intervention.
Mr Kinawito also urged residents in the district to take precautions against coronavirus by washing their hands using running water and soap and keep social distancing.