High Court Permits Lawyer to Sue URA’s Akol
By Serestino Tusingwire
High court in Kampala has today granted Legal Brains Trust (LTB) permission to sue Uganda Revenue Authority’s Commissioner General Doris Akol and other government top shots who chewed Shs6bn oil money.
On Tuesday Isaac Ssemakadde through LTB filed the application at the civil division of high court seeking an order allowing him to file a petition against Akol for unlawfully rewarding government top shots.
It’s worth noting that in June 2015, a protracted legal battle over capital gains tax between URA& Tullow oil resulted into a settlement of Sh824Bn and about Shs6bn was doled out to senior government officials as a reward for their role in facilitating the successful settlement.
Some of the beneficiaries of this money include Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) commissioner general Doris Akol – Shs242, Uganda National Roads Authority boss Allen Kagina – Shs242, Kampala Capital City Authority boss Jennifer Musisi – Shs121, Finance ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi – Shs108 (and his predecessor Chris Kassami – Shs393), former attorney generals Peter Nyombi – Shs226 and Fred Ruhindi – Shs93, as well as the solicitor general among others.
It’s from this point therefore that Ssemakadde wants Akol to fairly and adequately protect the interests of the people who shared the money since she was the one who authorized the disbursement of the impugned cash bonuses.