Kagina Hints on Her Successor

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While it’s not yet clear what her next stop is, Kagina told the Finance committee of Parliament that she intended to join the private sector.

Speaking Thursday to media at the presentation of last Financial Year’s annual URA performance at Kampala Serena, Kagina said that her successor would “certainly come from within the tax body.”

She said that in her decade long tenure at the Nakawa-based Authority, she had embarked on serious empowerment and equipping of her top management team to ensure that the next head comes from therein.

“In 2004 when I took up this position, I made a commitment to the Senior Management team that I would spend my time focusing on building capacity, so that the next CG would come from URA,” she said.


Her efforts, however, somehow stalled because the Authority got more taken up in major rebranding and restricting programs for the better part of the 10 years.

“But a few years ago, we realized that URA was stable, organized and with more robust systems, so i reawakened the quest to enhance capacities of our 26 strong top leadership team,” She added.

The team, Kagina revealed, is currently undertaking a number of training programs in Nairobi and at home.

The 6 top most managers of the tax body from where a possible successor would emerge, Kagina said, is also undergoing a “very expensive international executive training program, which equips top notch leaders with capacities to take over corporations and management.”

The team includes Mr Richard Kamajugo (Commissioner Customs), Henry Saka (Commissioner Domestic taxes), Mrs Doris Okol (Commissioner Legal Affairs), Patrick Mukiibi (Commissioner tax investigations), Puritazio Begumisa ( Commissioner Internal Audit), and Michael Otonga who is in charge of Finance, Human Resource and administration.

Kagina is also personally offering the managers a 12 month training course called FUEL (Fired Up for Excellent Leadership) which is conducted weekly to enhance their leadership skills.

She said that URA had come a long way and registered a number of successes and that a person, coming to take over from her ought to have enough internal knowledge about the body.

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