KAMPALA — The Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority has on Saturday May 30 revealed that the tax body’s board approved a significant reorganisation of the top management, a decision that has apparently sparked senior staff resignations.
Mr. John Rujoki Musinguzi, said in an e-mail to staff on Saturday May 30;-
“On 28th May 2020, the Board of Uganda Revenue Authority sat and made some significant recommendations concerning the reorganization and management of URA.”
Mr. Musinguzi said senior officials including Mr. Henry Saka, Mr Dicksons Kateshumbwa, Mr Siraji Kanyesigye all chose to resign.
He then announced a re-shuffle, sending Mr. Patrick Mukiibi to head Domestic Taxes replacing
Mr. Kateshumbwa who tendered in his resignation on Friday.
Mr. Musinguzi assigned Mr. Mathew Stephen Mugabi to be the Acting Commissioner Tax Investigations docket while Mr. James Kizza is now the Acting Commissioner Corporate Services.
Mr. John Tinka Katungwensi has been appointed Acting Commissioner Large Taxpayers in the new changes.
Mr. Musinguzi said the changes take immediate effect while other management positions are not affected by these changes.
“I would like to appreciate the contribution of the outgoing senior officials towards revenue administration and I wish them the best in their next endeavors,” he noted adding ;
“As URA undergoes the necessary and imminent organizational changes, I call upon the staff to remain calm, focused and dedicated to the performance of their duties.”
Appearing at Capital FM’s The Capital Gang on Saturday morning, Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi also confirmed that the board on Thursday made several changes in the management of the entity.
“The changes at URA are decisions of the board members and are normal changes and I associate myself with the decisions of the board,” Mr. Muhakanizi said.
The Secretary to the Treasury, who is also a board member, added that, ” the challenge at URA is not about changes but revenue collections which stands at about 13.6% of GDP. We should be collecting 15%-16% of GDP.”
It turns out URA seniors commissioners were forced to resign in the wake of the board recommendations.