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John Ntamuhiira Twesigye

  • Mar 03, 2017

    Jeff Mbanga - The Observer requested tax records from John Ntamuhiira Twesigye

    Dear John Ntamuhiira Twesigye

    Around the world many elected representatives are responding to their electorate’s demands and are rightly becoming more transparent about their finances and the tax they pay. 

    In Norway and Sweden the tax returns of all citizens, including public officials and politicians are publicly available. In Italy, Members of Parliament (MPs) must file their tax returns with the parliamentary authorities every year. This is then made available for inspection by electors. 

    After the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan uncovered widespread tax abuse amongst MPs, tax details of all citizens including elected representatives in Pakistan are now published.

    There is, in our view, a clear and substantial public interest in elected representatives fully disclosing their sources of income and their tax payments. This is because elected representatives are paid by taxpayers to make decisions on taxation and on how our money is spent on behalf of all of us. The aim is transparency, accountability and an avoidance of wrongdoing and conflicts of interest.

    In no way are we accusing you of any wrongdoing – far from it. But as an elected MP we would be grateful if you could answer the following simple questions that will aid this international drive for transparency. 

    1. Do you support moves to make the tax returns and financial assets of elected officials routinely available for public inspection?
    2. What reservations and caveats might you have about such a move?
    3. Did you file a tax return?
    4. Please provide us with a copy of your latest tax return?
    5. Please state the precise amount of tax you paid in the most recent full tax year?
    6. If you can’t provide us with a copy of your latest tax return or state the amount of tax you paid, please tell us your reason?

    This request is being made to all national legislators in over 20 countries and is being coordinated by Finance Uncovered, an international financial investigative reporting network based in London.

    Please send your response within one month attaching relevant documents by replying to this email. Our aim is publish the responses and disclose the names of all legislators who do not respond to our questions or requests. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Jeff Mbanga - The Observer

  • Mar 22, 2017

    Mailbot sent an automatic reminder

    Dear John Ntamuhiira Twesigye

    We asked you two weeks ago to respond to six questions.

    1. Do you support moves to make the tax returns and financial assets of elected officials routinely available for public inspection?
    2. What reservations and caveats might you have about such a move?
    3. Did you file a tax return?
    4. Please provide us with a copy of your latest tax return?
    5. Please state the precise amount of tax you paid in the most recent full tax year?
    6. If you can’t provide us with a copy of your latest tax return or state the amount of tax you paid, please tell us your reason.

    We wish to remind you that our deadline for a response is in two weeks.

    We look forward to receiving your answers.

    Many thanks.

    Yours sincerely,

    Jeff Mbanga - The Observer

  • May 05, 2017

    Mailbot sent another automatic reminder. The deadline has passed.

    Dear John Ntamuhiira Twesigye

    We asked you several weeks ago to respond to six questions.

    1. Do you support moves to make the tax returns and financial assets of elected officials routinely available for public inspection?
    2. What reservations and caveats might you have about such a move?
    3. Did you file a tax return?
    4. Please provide us with a copy of your latest tax return?
    5. Please state the precise amount of tax you paid in the most recent full tax year?
    6. If you can’t provide us with a copy of your latest tax return or state the amount of tax you paid, please tell us your reason.

    We wish to remind you that our deadline for a response has now ended. Your lack of response is noted. However, if you would like to respond and provide us a copy of your latest tax return, please reply to this email. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Jeff Mbanga - The Observer