HANDSHAKE PROBE: Akol Returns to Parliament Today

URA Commissioner General Doris Akol

The Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, viagra approved Doris Akol and other senior officials from the tax body are expected at Parliament on Monday morning to answer to more queries on the infamous Presidential Handshake.

Parliament’s committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) on Wednesday last week started investigating the saga in which 42 government officials awarded themselves Shs6bn for their role in the London tax dispute arbitration between Uganda and
British Heritage Oil and Gas Company.

On Wednesday Akol and her team who were the first witnesses to appear, told Members of Parliament that she did not initiate the 6billion shilling bonus payment but Deputy Former Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.

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“Ruhindi wrote the very first letter to the President requesting him to consider a reward for the team as promised in 2014. My letter was the second one,” Akol said in the Committee.

The Committee Chairperson, Abdu Katuntu tasked URA officials to explain how they selected the names of the 42 and who exactly chaired the meeting that came up with the list.

Akol and her team told the Committee that all they know is that a meeting was convened at the Attorney General’s chambers but they can’t recall who chaired it even when they attended. They also failed to produce minutes of the said meeting.

The URA team was asked to return today with supporting documents and minutes of all meetings that transpired from the initiation and the disbursement of the money to the specific accounts of the 42 beneficiaries.

On 10th January, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga ordered COSASE to investigate the matter and report back to the whole house in 2 months.


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