KAMPALA – The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has reshuffled over 200 members of the customs department in what is viewed as the organisation’s start of a new era of efficiency and fighting corruption under Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki, PML Daily has learnt.
According to an internal staff memo issued by Mr Abel Kagumire, the commissioner for the Department of Customs, 211 employees will be moved to positions effective July 1.
Also affected are customs managers and supervisors at different levels.
Sources at URA intimated to this website that the reshuffles are the start of the “clean-up act” spearheaded by Mr Musinguzi in a bid to eliminate the staff believed to have been loyal to former Customs commissioner Dicksons Kateshumbwa.
Kateshumbwa was until February this year the head of customs until he was transferred to domestic taxes department from where he resigned recently.
But Mr Vincent Seruma, the URA spokesperson, dismissed claims that the reshuffles are connected with Kateshumbwa’s resignation.
“It is a normal transfer. We always transfer people especially at the turn of a new financial year. We do it to allow them acquire different positions and skills. Secondly, all staff have to be given an exposure to different conditions,” Mr Seruma said.