Motorcycles Owners Demand for Extension of Registration Exercise

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In short
The voluntary motorcycle registration exercise is scheduled to expire on June 30th, 2013.

Motorcycles owners in Yumbe and Moyo districts have petitioned Uganda Revenue Authority-URA to extend the deadline for the voluntarily registration exercise. In January this year, URA gave owners of unregistered motorcycles in West Nile region a grace period of six months to register them. The voluntary motorcycle registration exercise is scheduled to expire on June 30th, 2013.  As a result, some of the motorcycle owners have petitioned the regional URA office to extend the voluntary registration deadline to October. 

Led by Rashid Abason Onzima, 80 owners of unregistered motor cycles want the tax body to extend the grace period citing lack of money. They argue that they have not yet received money from the sale of their crops such as Tobacco and Cassava. In their June 10th petition, the motorcycle owners appeal to the revenue body to understand their plight saying they are willing to pay but  lack the money currently.

To build confidence in the tax body, mechanics in both districts under their umbrella association of mechanics have also written a cover letter saying they will not repair any numberless motorcycle after the expiry of the October 30th grace period. Godson Mwesige, the URA Acting Manager northern Uganda says they have considered the petition because it was submitted through the regional police commander.

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He appeals to all motorcycle owners to take advantage of the extension to ensure their bikes are registered. More than 1500 motorcycles have already been registered since URA announced the voluntary exercise.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.