New details surrounding the payment of bonuses to top government officials in relation to oil company arbitration case have emerged.
A number of correspondences show that President Yoweri Museveni met with Doris Akol, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General on May 17, 2015 at Rwakitura in Kiruhura District to discuss government’s court win over Heritage Oil and Gas Limited in early 2015.
On February 24, 2015, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) dismissed a case filed by Heritage, which had challenged a decision by URA to collect a 1.1 trillion shillings capital gains tax. This was after Heritage sold its stake to Tullow Oil. The court directed Heritage to pay 11.5 billion in costs to Uganda.
Akol wrote a follow-up letter to President Yoweri Museveni on June 26, 2015, reminding him of the “presidential handshake” in appreciation of a team of 42 members who handled the tax arbitration case in London.
Akol proposed that six billion shillings is paid to the team as take-home package for their work.
“The amount recommended as a reward is an amount that will enable the beneficiaries to use the funds for something tangible, i.e, to leave a legacy to remind them and their offspring of their contribution to the nation,” the letter reads in part.
On the list of the paid government officials According to Chimpreports is the current Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi who received Shs 108m.
Former Attorney General Peter Nyombi received Shs 226m.
Lawrence Kiiza, a senior official in the Ministry of Finance was paid Shs 102m while Martin Mwambutsya, a Senior Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs took home Shs 232m.
Ernest Rubondo, who heads the Directorate of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, received Shs 266m.
Solicitor General, Francis Atoke was given Shs 234m while URA lawyer, Ali Ssekatawa got Shs 242m.
The Director of Legal Affairs at the Solicitor General’s office, Christopher Gashirabake, got Shs 242m.
Honey Malinga, who served as Vice Director of the Petroleum Exploration & Production Department (PEPD), was handed Shs 262m.
Moses Kaggwa, a Member Commissioner for Tax Policy Ministry of Finance, got Shs 234m.
Moses Kibumba, a private tax expert having formerly worked with URA for 21 years as a tax auditor, received Shs 93m.
Moses Kajubi who was serving as URA Commissioner, Domestic Taxes, got Shs 226m.
Peter Muliisa, a URA lawyer with a masters in Petroleum Taxation and Finance, was paid Shs 234m.
Rodney Golooba and Samuel Kahima, all lawyers with URA, received Shs 222m and Shs 224m respectively.
Harriet Lwabi Musoke, a senior official at Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, bagged Shs 242m while Harriet Tukamushaba who works in the same office received Shs 99m.
KCCA Director Jenifer Musisi, who had previously served as head of the legal department at URA, was given Shs 121m.
Robinah Nakakawa, a commissioner at URA, took home Shs 242m while Elizabeth Nakkungu of the Justice Ministry received Shs 238m.
Principal State Attorney George Kallemera got Shs 232M.
Others are Syson Ainembabazi of URA legal department (Shs216m), Assistant Commissioner Tax Investigations, Irene Bashabe Kyomuhendo (Shs 210m) and URA Manager Customs Audit, Agnes Nabwire.