By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Nyoka Infantry fighting Vehicles assembled by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineers have attracted excitement from the public who were coming close to them for the first time at Kololo ceremonial grounds.
The vehicles that are assembled at Magamaga Nyoka Conversion Centre in Jinja district excited Ugandans who visited the UPDF stall at the ongoing 2018 tax payers appreciation week organised by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
UPDF business arm, the National Enterprises Corporation (NEC) is exhibiting a number of products from its ten subsidiaries including explosives, ammunition, agricultural products among others.
NEC Managing Director, Maj Gen James Mugira applauded the government for enabling his Corporation and other entities to perform their duties profitably.
At the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs stall, there is also the newly unveiled medical team composed of UPDF Surgeons, Physicians and Nurses who are teaming up with Mulago and Rubaga hospitals to offer free medical services while Mubende Rehabilitation Centre is helping the disabled and exhibiting limbs made at their centre.
Opening the exhibition on Wednesday, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament Rt Hon (Rtd) Gen Moses Ali who represented the Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said it is a unique opportunity in the history of Uganda when Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) join hands to showcase the importance of paying taxes.
Gen Ali expressed gratitude towards the Office of the Prime Minister for spearheading and participating in the show.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them,” he said.
He pledged government's commitment to ensuring that all Ugandans benefit from increased revenue generated from taxes. He applauded UPDF for being innovative and saving the government money by assembling its own fighting vehicles.
The Premier said government has strived to ensure that social sectors directly benefit the poor by priotising infrastructure, energy, education, health and improved subsidized service delivery and increased funding to the service sector.
The Acting Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority, Mr. Patrick Mukibi on behalf of URA said the institute whose board he chairs is committed in fulfilling its promise to account to the public for the goodness of taxes they contribute towards national development.
Later in the afternoon, the UPDF Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi visited the exhibition centre and commended the various participants representing the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs for a job well done.
The exhibition which attracted all Government Ministries, Departments and agencies is closing on Friday.