?You sent me and I conveyed your message to cabinet. URA said they are only taxing the profits that you make. But again, when you do that, although you may not run bankrupt, it means that you will not be able to expand. The ministry of Finance is studying your request and soon you will get a response,? said Museveni yesterday (Friday) during the opening of Wakiso Secondary School Headteachers? Association (WAKISSHA) resource centre in Wakiso district.

?We can now see how a simple policy of privatizing education has stimulated much growth. The Government has no problem with private schools as long as they satisfy the minimum requirements set by the ministry of Education. Those who have money should go ahead and build more schools. You are doing a great job in supplementing the role of Government,? said Museveni.

He commended that the private schools have also contributed to job creation by employing teachers and non-teaching staff.

Out of 403 WAKISSHA member schools in the district, only 34 are government aided.

URA?s commissioner general, Doris Akol, in January told school owners that they have to start remitting 30% of their annual profit, plus a monthly 6% withholding tax to the revenue body.

The Government scrapped the 30% income tax on private schools temporarily in 2007, but re-introduced it last financial year.

Although Education minister, Jessica Alupo, who invited Museveni to the podium, rekindled the campaign for Museveni?s sole presidential candidature in the ruling NRM, the president steered clear of the debate during his speech.

This comes in the wake of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, declaring his intention to contest for president first in NRM and later seek the national mandate for the top seat in the 2016 polls.

Northern Youth MP, Evelyn Anite, on February 9, 2014 touched off the controversial debate when she knelt down during the NRM caucus in Kyankwanzi and proposed Museveni as the party?s sole presidential candidate for the 2016 polls.

By Alfred Wandera, The New Vision

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