The Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Doris Akol has denied being the initiator of the infamous shs6 billion Presidential handshake, while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commission of Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) today.
Akol revealed that it was the former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, who first wrote to President Yoweri Museveni reminding him of his promise to reward the Uganda select team that helped URA trounce Oil Company Heritage in the London court case, to take home up to USD 434 Million in Capital Gains Tax.
Akol read a letter Ruhindi wrote to the President justifying what he termed as a presidential handshake. Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu chairs the committee.
“After Attorney General’s letter to President Museveni, he invited us at his country home in Rwakitura and directed me to propose the amount,” Akol submitted.
The committee will also meet President Yoweri Museveni, the Solicitor General, Auditor General, Director Budget, Accountant General and Tax Assessors.
Others to appear before the committee include: interested MPs, members of general public, energy minister, NGO forum, Uganda Law Society, Attorney General and URA board among others.
The 42 beneficiaries included officials from the Uganda Revenue Authority, the Treasury, office of the Attorney General/Solicitor General, Energy ministry among others.
In April 2013, Uganda won a landmark $434m (sh1.5 trillion) oil tax case in London against Heritage Oil and Gas Ltd and Tullow Oil, and the Ugandan government recovered the money.
It is part of this money that was reportedly distributed to over 50 staff members from URA, finance ministry and the Attorney General’s office.