NEW CHANGES AT URA AMID ACCUSATIONS OF POOR REVENUE COLLECTION AND CORRUPTION

By Ugandaupdatenews.com Team

The Uganda Revenue Authority  (URA) Board of Directors have made changes in the tax body’s leadership  appointing Mr. Patrick Mukiibi to the powerful position of Commissioner of Domestic taxes replacing long serving Mr. Dicksons  Kateshumbwa who resigned the position before his contract ended .

Kateshumbwa quit URA together with Mr. Henry Saka, Mr.Silajji   Kanyesigye Baguma and Mr Samuel Kahima.  Other  leadership changes effected at URA include the appointment of  Mr. Mathew Mugabi as Acting Commissioner Tax Investigations , Mr. James Kizza, Acting Commissioner Corporate   Services  and Mr. john Tinka Katungwesi  who will be acting Assistant Commissioner  Large Taxpayers office.

Mrs. Patience T. Rubagumya retained her position as Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs  while ,Mr. Herbert Rusoka and  Mr. Abel Kagumire  kept their positions  as Commissioner Internal Audit and Compliance and Acting Commissioner   Customs , respectively .

The changes come two months after President Museveni sacked Ms. Doris Akol  as the Commissioner General of URA and swiftly  appointed Mr. john Musinguzi Rujoki to take over the leadership of the tax body which has been embroiled in controversies over poor revenue collections amid allegations of widespread corruption ,tax evasion and smuggling .

While appearing on the Capital Gang today morning , Mr. Keith Muhakanizi the  Secretary to the Treasury and a Board Member at URA said that they took the decision to make management changes to improve the revenue collection  performance levels .  Ideally URA should be collecting between 15-16.5% of GDP in revenues but they are under performing at  13.5%, Muhakanizi complained .

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