By Sandra Birungi
Uganda’s best musician Jose Chameleone is in deep waters with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) after he received an invoice requesting him to pay taxes worth Sh14m.
The taxes charged are for the previous four shows that the singer has had over the last few months. In total, the amount mounts up to sh14m.
Despite the just cause of the URA, Chameleone is not amused by what the URA is asking for. He called the URA’s tax total that he is supposed to pay as uncoordinated figures.
After hearing how much he had to pay, the ‘Mama Mia’ singer decided to call a senior officer in the URA and asked him questions in relation to the amount of money that he was given to pay in taxes for only four shows.
“The Nigerian government recently gave their music industry sh30b to develop the industry but the Ugandan government has done nothing for us instead wants to take so much from us,” Chameleone complained.
Chameleone has sworn not to pay the taxes unless a clear system to ensure artists make money is put in place. “URA will soon tax women with hips,” he exclaimed.
He added saying, “I mean my voice is a natural given gift from God, shy do you want me to pay for my voice? URA will soon tell women with hips to pay taxes for them because men love the hips. I mean what strategy are they going to use to tax musicians? How will musicians like Omulangira Ssuna and AK-47 be taxed?” he asked.
However, with the new tax systems that are springing up, one can only imagine the measures that the URA will take to make sure Chameleone actually pays the money that he is supposed to pay to them.
Good luck Chameleone.