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AKOL: AG Ruhindi initiated ‘presidential handshake’

URA officials led by Akol (right) Ssekatawa and Ali Sekatawa (middle) at parliament

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General Doris Akol has said it was the Attorney General Fred Ruhindi who initiated the request for a sh6 billion presidential reward for a team of government officials who won a 2014 capital gains tax case against UK based oil company Heritage.

Akol said she only got involved after the reward request by Ruhindi, that she described as a “presidential handshake”, had been granted by President Yoweri Museveni.

Uganda parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has started investigating the circumstances under which 42 government officials received a sh6 billion bonus, referred to as a Presidential handshake by URA, for winning an international tax case.

Akol outlined the history of the tax case and how a reward was first mentioned. She explained her role and also explained to the committee chaired by Abdu Katuntu how the list of 42 was generated.

She read out several letters, including one in which Ruhindi stated that the promise of the reward was first made by the  president, and followed up by the Attorney General.

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