Religious groups selling Bibles and Korans in Uganda are to pay taxes on those books.

The Daily Monitor reported that the imposition of the taxes on these books was announced by the country’s revenue authority.

There have been discussions over the new directive between religious groups and the tax authorities, but the groups are kicking against the move.

The Ugandan Revenue Authority boss, Doris Akol, has said that it was an “anomaly” that the religious books were not taxed in the past.

The secretary-general of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, Joshua Kitakule who is angry with the move told the Daily Monitor that religious books “are not meant for profit; so, it is erroneous to tax them”.

The secretary-general of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Ramathan Mugalu is also quoted by the Daily Monitor to have reacted to the move by saying that the government has “gone too far”.

He asked “How can you tax the word of God?”

Bibles are sold in Uganda for $0.80 but that could increase to $170 due to the latest law.