Kagina taken to court over Shs184bn scam


Allen Catherine Kagina

Former Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) boss Allen Kagina has been dragged to the Constitutional Court for having allegedly caused a financial loss of over 184 billion shillings.

Kagina has been sued by two concerned citizens – Ibrahim Were Maguru and Robert Kasolo, who accuse her of causing a loss by exempting some companies from paying tax.

Also sued alongside Kagina are URA and the Attorney General.

In their petition, the two citizens argue that under the East African Community Customs Management Act of 2004, the council of ministers of the East African Countries empowered countries to approve certain manufacturers to import specified raw materials free of duty under.

They add that for Uganda’s case, an approved list of companies allowed to import the specific category of raw materials was developed and subsequently gazetted.

However, the petitioners claim that despite these provisions, Kagina between 2008 and 2010, illegally allowed over 116 importers who were not on the approved list to have their goods cleared without paying the requisite taxes.

They allege that the 116 importers were cleared from different revenue points of Busia, Jinja, Entebbe, Mutukula, Mbale, Malaba and Port Bell.

The petitioners also argue that Kagina, who is currently the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) boss, failed in her supervisory role during her reign at URA as Commissioner General and that she needs to be held personally responsible.

The petitioners want court to order Kagina who left URA in October last year, to make good for the loss of funds.

By doing this, the petitioners claim, Kagina failed to collect taxes and remit the same to the consolidated fund, which omission they say contravenes articles 2 (1) and 153 of the constitution.

Story by URN

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