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Uganda has imposed taxes on religious groups for sale of holy Quran and prayer books

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Clerics in all religious groups yesterday reacted to the proposal with dismay and disbelief, insisting that religious materials should be exempt from taxes as they are used for “spiritual nourishment” of Ugandans.

The prelate had asked the tax man to release a consignment of 9,120 prayer books imported from Nairobi, Kenya, but the government refused this appeal without paying the Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Some figures indicate that the number of Muslims in Uganda is about 10 million Muslims, between 27 percent and 30 percent of the total population.

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