Uganda Revenue Authority has explained the circumstances under which several government officials were rewarded for helping win the 2014 capital gains tax case against UK based oil company Heritage.
“It is standard international best practice for employees to receive bonus payments/ or honoraria for exemplary performance in both the public and the private sector,” the statement said.
“Equally under the Ugandan Constitution; the President has a prerogative as a fountain of honor to reward exemplary performance and this has been exhibited in the fields of health, academia, sports to mention a few.”
URA’s statement follows publication online by chimpreports.com of the list of those who were paid after Uganda won the over $400m case against Heritage, questioning if it was legal and if it went through government official processes.
The officials given honorarium were from URA, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
The statement adds that, “For the record the payments went through the necessary approvals as required by the Public Finance Management Act as amended. The Commissioner General (Doris Akol below) was duly appointed as an accounting officer to disburse respective payments to designated beneficiaries after deduction of applicable taxes and other statutory deductions.”
THE FULL URA STATEMENT