They include; Henry Saka, from domestic taxes, Silajji Kanyesigye, the commissioner in the large taxpayer's office and Samuel Kahima, a manager in charge of rulings and interpretations.
URA top commissioners' resignatios show all is not well at the tax body
Four senior commissioners from Uganda
Revenue Authority (URA) have tendered their resignations, in what looks like a clear-out of the old guard. Together with Dicksons Kateshumbwa,
the head of domestic taxes, other three commissioners have quit the tax body.
They include; Henry Saka, from domestic taxes, Silajji Kanyesigye, the commissioner in the large taxpayer's office and Samuel Kahima, a manager in charge of rulings
URA said in a
statement on Saturday that “these senior
officials chose to resign and the board has accepted their resignations.” It added that "integrity, patriotism and professionalism will define the new era at URA," a statement indicating that there could be serious questions on the workings of the officials that have quit.
The commissioners worked with the former boss Doris
Akol, who was pushed out of the leadership of the tax body in March. John Musigunzi
Rujoki, a former intelligence officer, is the new commissioner-general.
The quitting of the old commissioners
could be looked at as an attempt for the new leadership to create a team they are comfortable
to work with.
Sources at the tax body said some of
these commissioners questioned President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s pick of the new commissioner-general from outside the authority when there are experienced able
people to take over.
The new commissioner general worked in
audit department in the Special Revenue Protection Services, a
military unit attached to Uganda Revenue Authority and is believed to
understand the inner workings of URA. Museveni has been particularly hard on the old team, accusing
them of failure to plug all tax leak holes.
The tax body had also
immediately replaced the officials with other URA staff. Patrick Mukiibi has been transferred from the position of
Commissioner Corporate Services to the position of Commissioner Domestic Taxes, Patience T.
Rubagumya remains as Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs.
Herbert Rusoke remains as Commissioner Internal Audit and
Compliance while Abel Kagumire remains as Acting Commissioner Customs. Mathew Mugabi
has been appointed as Acting Commissioner Tax Investigations.
James Kizza is the new acting Commissioner Corporate
Services while John Tinka Katungwesi will be acting Assistant Commissioner
Large Taxpayers Office.