URA Closes the Observer News Paper Offices

Tax collecting body the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has closed down offices of independent tri-weekly newspaper The Observer.

The offices, the tax body says were closed due to the media house’s noncompliance in paying their taxes.

The Tower Post however cannot confirm how much the paper owes in taxes.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Observer officials confirmed that their offices had been sealed off due to a mismatch in communication.

“The truth is we have been in several meetings with URA since December 2018, trying to settle the discrepancy between their figures and ours,” the paper said in the statement.

“There is also a miscommunication between the enforcement department and the domestic tax department. Our appeal and negotiations were not communicated. The enforcement department proceeded without being updated by the domestic tax department. We are in talks to see to it that this problem is sorted out as soon as possible.”


This is a breaking story that is still being updated

Moses Kayigwa