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URA will continue to deal decisively with any form of corruption – Ibrahim Bbossa

By Francis Otucu

Uganda Revenue Authority – URA – is committed to fighting any forms of corruption, the Authority’s Spokesman, Ibrahim Bbossa has said.

“URA’s commitment to leaving the values of patriotism, Integrity, and professionalism led by URA CG is taking shape, and with your (public) help, we will transform revenue services in Uganda. Sneak preview: in December, 3 staff were terminated and 2 suspended for integrity issues,” says Bbossa, who doubles as an Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs.

Bbossa’s remarks come amidst President Yoweri Museveni’s statement days ago that corruption remains one of the familiar challenges the country faces today at URA, Bank of Uganda, and the Finance Ministry among other public institutions.

The President was speaking at the Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile Memorial lecture on Friday, when he cited corruption as “number one” weakness which according to him hinders socio-economic transformation of the country. 

“Corruption is not an economic issue, it is corruption…The low tax GDP ratio of 13 percent or 14 per cent, is really due to the corruption in the Ministry of Finance and in the URA.  Although we have changed, there [is] still a problem there. I have told them many times, and I have quite enough evidence to show them that there is a lot under collection of tax and International Monetary Fund (IMF) person [who raised this issue was correct],” the President said.  

According to Bbossa, however, “URA will continue to deal decisively with any corruption including confirmed cases of fraud, dishonesty, poor service attitude & counterproductive behavior.”

“We pledge to keep our attitudes, words & actions aligned to our values of Patriotism, Integrity & Professionalism.”

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