The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Valuation Court has commenced its sessions in Kyanja Parish, Nakawa Division, taking a significant step in resolving property tax queries for local residents.
Chaired by Samuel Muyizzi Mulindwa, the court, endowed with powers similar to a Magistrate’s court, is focused on addressing issues arising from property tax concerns.
Inaugurating the opening session at Kisasi Community Health Center in Kyanja Parish Nakawa Division, Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago emphasized the court’s purpose, established by law to protect local citizens from unjust taxes.
Lukwago highlighted that after valuation, the court could potentially reduce tax rates based on the merit of complainants’ arguments, urging property owners who feel aggrieved not to suffer in silence.
The property tax payment bands were outlined by Lukwago, elucidating that individuals earning over UGX 5 million per annum on their property pay 6%, those earning between UGX 3 million and UGX 5 million pay 4%, while those not earning more than UGX 3 million from their commercial houses in a year will be charged a reduced rate of 1%.
This progressive approach aims to alleviate the financial burden on smaller property owners.
Chairperson Muyizzi stressed the urgent need for more financial support for the court due to the overwhelming number of cases, with over 1500 objections from Nakawa alone.
He called for legislative amendments, proposing an extension of the hearing period for complaints beyond the current six months, considering the court handles at least 20 cases daily.
In a bid to enhance transparency, the Valuation Court has launched a dedicated website where all rulings will be uploaded and made accessible to the public. This initiative is designed to foster accountability and keep stakeholders well informed.
Deputy Mayor Salah Mutoni of Nakawa Division expressed support for the court’s efforts on the ground, encouraging locals to embrace the process and stay informed.
Councilor Bonny Katongole, representing Kyanja II and Kisasi Central, expressed satisfaction with the court’s outreach, noting, “I’m happy that the court has come to the people to listen to their grievances. There have been a lot of complaints and questions, and we did not have answers.”
The court session, held at Kisasi Police on Monday, represents a proactive step in addressing the complexities surrounding property taxation, promoting community engagement, and advocating for legislative reforms to streamline the valuation process.