PURGE AT TAX BODY: New Commissioner General Embarks on Cleaning House at URA

By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,

[NAKAWA, KAMPALA] Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) says integrity, patriotism and professionalism will define “the new era” at the tax body following the exit of four commissioners.

Mr Dicksons Kateshumbwa (commissioner domestic taxes), Mr Henry Saka (Commissioner tax investigations), Mr Silajji Kanyesigye Baguma (Assistant Commissioner large taxpayers office) and Mr Samuel Kahima (tax Auditor domestic tax department) resigned Friday (May 29) after URA directors sat and made recommendations concerning the reorganization and management of the tax body, according to a statement released on Saturday.

LEFT-RIGHT: URA Commissioner General, John Musinguzi Rujoki and the sacked officials- Dicksons Kateshumbwa, Henry Saka and Silajji Kanyesigye

“The Authority would like to inform the public that on 28th May, 2020, the URA Board of Directors sat and made recommendations concerning the reorganization and Management of URA. On the 29th May, 2020, the following Senior Officials chose to resign and the Board has accepted their resignations,” reads the statement.

The statement signed off by URA Management, concluded by saying that the tax body will never compromise integrity, patriotism, and professionalism, for these will be the traits that define the new era at URA.

Senior Management Staff Changes at URA.
The composition of the Heads of Department and the Large Taxpayers Office will be as follows with immediate effect:-
(i) Mr. Mukiibi Patrick has been transferred from the position of Commissioner Corporate Services to the position of Commissioner Domestic Taxes.
(ii) Mrs. Patience T. Rubagumya remains as Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs.
(iii) Mr. Herbert Rusoke remains as Commissioner Internal Audit and Compliance.
(iv) Mr. Abel Kagumire remains as Acting Commissioner Customs.
(v) Mr. Mathew Mugabi has been appointed as Acting Commissioner Tax Investigations.
(vi) Mr. James Kizza has been appointed as Acting Commissioner Corporate Services.
(vii) Mr. John Tinka Katungwesi will be Acting Assistant Commissioner Large Taxpayers Office.
Other Senior Management positions are not affected by these changes.

Mr Henry Saka, Commissioner tax investigations
Mr Henry Saka, Commissioner tax investigations is one of the four senior staff who have resigned from the tax body. 

Exactly two months after replacing Doris Akol, John Musinguzi Rujoki, the new Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner-General has swung his axe, forcing two Commissioners, one Assistant Commissioner and a top tax auditor to resign.

Doris Akol was on March 29th removed from Office by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over failing to reign in corruption by top URA officers who were deemed untouchable. However, Akol herself was found out to be clean.

The statement, however, did not say what those recommendations were or why they had been made.

Following the resignations, Mukiibi Patrick has been transferred from the position of Commissioner Corporate Services to the position of Commissioner Domestic Taxes.

Mathew Mugabi previously, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Tax Investigations has been appointed as Acting Commissioner Tax Investigations. James Kizza, formerly the Assistant Commissioner Information Technology has been appointed as Acting Commissioner Corporate Services. John Tinka Katungwesi will be Acting Assistant Commissioner Large Taxpayers Office.

Mrs. Patience T. Rubagumya (Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs); Herbert Rusoke (Commissioner Internal Audit and Compliance) and Abel Kagumire (Acting Commissioner Customs) retained their jobs.

In an email written by Kateshumbwa to staff, that we have reproduced here below, Kateshumbwa said he was proud of his achievements at the revenue body.

Good evening Staff
Today after more than 14 years of service in the authority I have decided to end my tour of duty ahead of my contractual period with immediate effect. I have been privileged to serve in Customs, Tax Investigations and Domestic Taxes in addition to holding the WCO Chairmanship, Chairman Board of Trustees URA Staff Retirements Benefits Scheme, among others. I am particularly proud of the great countless reforms implemented that transferred Customs. This experience will be greatly put to use in my next occupation.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all staff that have worked with me directly or indirectly over the years. Special appreciation to the great Airbus team and recently the DT F1 group. Special appreciation also to my Senior Management colleagues for the great teamwork, spirit and comradeship since 2011 when I joined senior bench. I thank the URA Board of Directors for having given me the opportunity to serve. Thank you CG for the leadership and teamwork.
I have given my youthful service to URA, served diligently and leave with my spirits very high and will be forever indebted to URA.

Kateshumbwa resigns just three months after being removed from the more powerful Customs Department where he was commissioner. He was replaced by Abel Kagumire who had previously been an Assistant Commissioner Customs Audit.

Saka too has been the Commissioner for Tax Investigations for just 3 months, after being moved from being Commissioner of Domestic Taxes.

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