Forty-five Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) officers leave in February following the restructuring announced by the new commissioner general, Allen Kagina, reports Felix Osike.
The officers include commissioners, deputy commissioners and their assistants have been given two months to clear their desks, after which their contracts will be terminated on February 10.
Two posts of deputy commissioner general have been abolished. Steven Akabway and Justin Zake previously held the posts. The post of deputy commissioner has also been scrapped.
Instead five commissioners will be appointed to head the customs and excise, corporate services, legal, internal audit, tax investigation and internal affairs and domestic taxes departments. They will be directly answerable to the commissioner general.
URA spokesman Christopher Kaweesa said in a statement that the new structure would become effective on January 15 with the appointment of the commissioners.
Kaweesa said the changes were announced at a Wednesday management meeting chaired by Kagina. The board chairman, Ibrahim Kironde Kabanda, attended it.
Below the commissioners will be several assistant commissioners who will be appointed by February 4. They will be directly answerable to the commissioners.
Kaweesa said the board had resolved that all running contracts at management levels would be terminated on February 10.
The URA human resource management manual stipulates that the affected persons be given a two-month notice.
The board resolved that all the vacant posts be advertised. Competent URA employees have been advised to apply.
It is unclear if the restructuring is a result of Justice Julia Ssebutindeâ€™s probe report, which cited high-level corruption in the tax body.
The report was, however, nullified by court after the former URA chief, Aslund Annebrit, appealed over bias.
URA drops 45