Kalungu West County MP, Joseph Gonznaga Ssewungu (pictured) is wondering why President Yoweri Museveni simply ‘forced’ Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioners to resign over alleged corruption instead of arresting and prosecuting them.
Ssewungu claims that the information they have is that the Commissioners have been ‘stealing’ and ‘damn rich’. He made the remarks while addressing the press at Parliament today.
In a statement dated 30th May, 2020, URA said on the 29th May, 2020, the following Senior Officials chose to resign and the Board accepted their resignations; Dicksons Kateshumbwa, Henry Saka, Silajji Kanyesigye Baguma and Samuel Kahima.
“The information we have about URA he is the one who told those people o resign as faster as possible before he arrests them,” Ssewungu claimed.
He wonders why the Head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema didn’t swing into action against these URA officers who caused URA tax revenue losses due to corruption.
This follows reports that the URA officials resigned over allegations of engineering a deal that cost URA Shs195bn in tax revenue.
“Why are they resigning and they are not under detention? The information we are getting is that they have been stealing money and are damn rich with a lot of wealth,” Ssewungu added.
Ssewungu questioned why they are not under detention when the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Prime Minister Guwatudde Kintu and others were arrested immediately over allegation of hiking food prices and let go URA officials scot-free.
He also asked the President while addressing parliament on Thursday this week to inform Ugandans whether 2021 general elections will take place as required or not.
There are ongoing changes in URA following the appointment of John Rujoki Musinguzi as the new Commissioner General who officially replaced Doris Akol on April02, 2020.
In the 30th May statement, URA said, “Management wishes to reiterate that Integrity, Patriotism, and Professionalism will define the new era at URA.”