Capital municipality collecting illegal fees: ACCI
08 October, 2012
KABUL: Kabul Municipality is going against a decision from the Council of Ministers and collecting transit fees at Kabul’s gates, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) claimed.
In a press conference in Kabul, ACCI deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozai said the Council of Ministers had decreed that municipal council incomes should be collected in a separate account under Customs but Kabul Municipality was acting contrary to the decision.
"Kabul Municipality wrote to us that Kabul’s gates are an exception to the decision, so they were handed over to contractors," Alokozai said.
ACCI estimates that around 1.2 billion Afg (US$520 million) in taxes is collected by municipalities each year. Meanwhile, Kabul Municipality announced Wednesday that it was working with private companies to install guard-rails along Kabul city’s main roads.