Members of Parliament on Tuesday Afternoon paid tribute to the former Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority Mrs Allen Kagina.
The MPs praised the works of the former CG and particularly her contributions toward the reviving the ruined tax collecting body when she assumed leadership in 2004.
The motion to pay tribute to Kagina was moved by Bulamogi County MP Hon Hon Kenneth Lubogo, more about http://centthor.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php who described the lady as one of Uganda’s world acclaimed and accomplished civil servant.
Mrs Kagina tendered in her resignation at the close of last October having served 10 years as Commissioner General, drug and a total of 20 at the revenue body.
She joined the URA in 1994, having served in other capacities as a lecturer at Makerere University, and in the Office of the President.
The members hailed Kagina for transforming the image of URA from a corrupt organisation, to an open and more technologically advanced body, aimed at improving service delivery.
At URA she is remembered for her efforts in lessening red-tape and raising revenue collection from Shs 1.9 trillion to 8.03 trillion; a percentage increase of 317.5%.
“All the above achievements were attained under hard conditions, including loss of highly trained staff to better paying institutions like World Bank, IMF, KCCA, BoU among others,” said MP Lubodo.
A number of MPs expressed excitement that the house had uncharacteristically honoured a living person for their contributions to the country’s development.
During the debate, the Mbarara Municipality MP Hon Medard Bitekyerezo appealed to government not to let go of the knowledge wealth and creativity of Mrs Kagina.
Hon Bitekyerezo suggested that the former URA CG is allocated a key position in the country’s budding oil industry.
“I ask leader of Government business to appoint Allen Kagina in our oil industry. She is known to be incorruptible and I believe that that way, we will save our oil money from being stolen,” he said.
Minister Ephraim Kamuntu also added his voice to the plea, noting that Kagina had proven her incorruptibility, when she opted out of URA, having served her two terms as CG and declined renewal of her contract.
“In a country where people want to falsify their age or die in power, Kagina accepted that her contract had ended,” said Kamuntu.
While announcing her resignation, Mrs Kagina said that she planned to take her expertise to the private sector.