The Ugandan government has denied claims that it has imposed new tax on Bibles and Qurans.
David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning told Parliament on Tuesday that media reports indicating that government has imposed new taxes on holy books are false.
He said that under the Value Added Tax (VAT) Amendment Bill 2017, government promised to exempt taxes on bibles and Qurans and that it can’t backtrack.
He added that taxing bibles and Qurans will minimize their supply in the entire country, adding that they cannot stand in the way of spreading the word of God.
It should be noted that Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) still wants religious materials imported into the country taxed.
The idea to tax holy books has received mixed reactions; with some supporting it while religious fanatics rejecting it vehemently.