New Headquarters to Save URA UShs15Bn in Rent, Operations

The 22 floored state of the art facility that will house URA headquaters is still under construction in Nakawa.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) will be looking to save approximately UgShs. 15 billion annually in rent and operational costs once its new Nakawa headquarters are completed.

The 22 floored facility which is still under construction is set to be completed latest by February 2018, there according to the URA Commissioner Corporate Services Michael Otonga.

It is estimated that the structure will cost UgShs. 114.85 billion (USD 989 per square metres) and will create a one stop service center as well as improve service delivery.

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Currently, information pills most of URA’s back office services are scattered across Kampala which Otonga says makes it extremely difficult for their clients to access services conveniently.

So far, construction has gone as far as the 19th floor and major works will have been finished by November this year before embarking on the dressing and installation of electronic systems, elevators, IT systems, and tiles among others.

“When the building is completed, we anticipate a reduction in our rental and operational budget which is currently at USD 3.5 million and USD 1.5 million each year respectively,” Otonga told Chimpreports in an interview on Tuesday.

The URA service stations across Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe which deal in Audit, Compliance, Tax investigations, Finance, Administration and IT among others will all be shifted and housed in the new facility.

“Rent for our Crested Towers offices alone costs us USD 1 million annually. This along with several other duplicated services in our other stations costs us a lot. Once our new integrated headquarters are complete, we want to use this money to establish better offices in upcountry locations.”

He revealed that URA has prime properties in upcountry districts but which it has failed to develop and maintain due to financial constraints.


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