By Max Patrick Ocaido
KAMPALA. Namutumba Woman MP Mariam Naigaga’s days as the Treasurer of National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus are numbered after she voted against the mobile money tax bill that was passed last week.
According to highly placed sources, NRM top management is considering to summon Naigaga to the caucus’ disciplinary committee to explain why she went against the party position on mobile money tax despite holding a big position in the party.
“It is unfortunate that of all people Hon Naigaga decided to betray a party position yet she is in top management. We are going to deal with her and others at large. We shall summon her to the disciplinary committee and if she is not apologetic then we shall take a new measure,” a top NRM MP said.
Parliament last Tuesday amended Excise Duty Act, 2014 to limit the taxable mobile money transactions to withdrawal and to reduce the duty payable from 1% to 0.5%. Upon its assent by President Yoweri Museveni, government will implement 0.5% mobile money charge on all withdrawals, unlike the first unpopular amendment which levied 1% tax on all mobile money transactions.
Some of the NRM MPs who voted for scrapping of the mobile money tax include; Tonny Ayoo (Kwania County), Monicah Amoding (Kumi), Sam Byibesho (Kisoro Municipality), Evelyn Chemutai (Bukwo) among others.
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A day before the Bill returned to Parliament, President Museveni met NRM MPs in a caucus meeting where they agreed on a common position on the mobile money tax.
MP Naigaga who is a first timer in Parliament also sits on the committee of finance, planning and economic development and Budget committee.