The Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Doris Akol has said she deserved the presidential ‘handshake’ just like it was done to the athletic gold medalists Stephen Kiprotich and Dorcus Inzikuru.
Akol who awarded herself Shs242m in the infamous oil cash bonanza made the above remarks on Monday during a closed door meeting at Parliament with the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, First Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and two other government officials who also shared the “handshake” money.
ChimpReports on Monday last week broke the story and outlined the names of government officials who benefited from the staggering figure fractioned from the total money Uganda got after winning a tax arbitration case in London.
The Commissioner General and her colleagues on the handshaker’s list have been under intense pressure from different sections of the society including civil society, Members of Parliament, political party leaders and activists demanding for a better explanation and also advocating for the refund of the money.
According to a source who attended the Monday’s meeting, Akol wanted to justify to Kadaga that the cash bonanza properly happened and Parliament should drop the debate on the matter which caused a storm in Parliament on Tuesday.
“She said in the meeting that there is no difference between her, Kiprotich and Inzikuru who received presidential handshakes before her,” a source who attended the meeting said.
Stephen Kiprotich was awarded Shs200m by President Yoweri Museveni on 15th August 2012 when he won a gold medal during the Olympic Games in London. The President also promised to build for him a ‘nice’ three bedroom house.
It was the first Olympic gold won by a Ugandan in 40 years since the one brought by John Akibua in 1972 after winning 200 meter race in Munich.
Meanwhile Museveni had also earlier in April 2010 given Dorcus Inzikuru and Boniface Kiprop 16 cows in cash value after the duo winning gold medals in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase and Men’s 10,000 meter respectively in the Common Wealth games in Melbourne.
Akol stressed to the officials in the meeting that her and the team also exhibited an “exceptional” performance like the athletic stars when they won the case against the European oil giant, Heritage, the first of its kind in African history.
“We also played an exceptional role in facing and subsequently defeating a European powerful oil company (Heritage) and making sure we recover a very big money for the country. It’s a big achievement and the first in Africa,” Akol added according to the same source who attended the meeting.
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