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Mrs Allen Kagina is serving her last days as Commissioner General (CG)at Uganda Revenue Authority. She will be handing over to another CG at the end of this month, drugs http://cousinscandy.net/media/widgetkit/widgets/gallery/styles/slider/template.php having declined renewal of her contract in July.

She quits after dedicating 22 years of her life to tax administration at URA, http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/notes.php 10 of these as the Commissioner General.

The tax body has seen in her ten-year tenure, http://cheaplikesfollowers.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php tremendous achievements, earning her massive praises locally and regionally and from her boss president Yoweri Museveni.

For instance URA has in the 10 years raised tax collections by 317 percent to last year’s Sh 8.05 trillion, and also increased tax contribution to the national budget to 85 percent up from 54 percent in 2004.

The tax body now enjoys a much broader tax base, enhanced tax compliance, administrative efficiency, extensive personnel expertise, and growing confidence amongst the population.

As she bows out, Kagina last Thursday shared bit by bit how she managed this immense turnaround of the Tax Authority at their 8th Annual Open Minds Forum at the Kampala Serena.

She recounted joining the URA in November 1992, a sickly and one of the worst reputed government institutions of the time.

“At that time we used to sit at Ministry of Finance and there was this room called the ‘Long room’ which most tax payers called the ‘wrong room,’ because almost everything in there was wrong,” she recalled.

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“The services were dead inefficient, with crowds of clearing agents pressing in, everything was manual, we were being begged to serve the people. Corruption was part of URA’s identity, poor training, revenue collections so low that government had to borrow internally and externally to provide services to the people.”

She says time came when the whole country was fed up with URA, compelling government formulate the famous (Justice Julia) Sebutinde Commission into the tax body.

The long inquiry which implicated a number of bigwigs including the former URA boss Elly Rwakakoko, was however challenged in court and ultimately expunged.

This, Kagina says, was a major setback: “We went through almost a year of a stressful inquiry. What was the essence of the commission then? Perhaps by throwing the voluminous report away, the judiciary was sending us to die.”

Another report however was conducted by a team from IMF which made extensive recommendations that resulted in the 2004 reforms commanded by Kagina.

Unaware of what the future held, Kagina says she immediately commenced what she termed as “shock treatment,” to the diseased URA, which came in form of reorganization and restructuring.

The shock medicine would do away with URA’s previous long structure, countless reporting levels and redundant administrative posts.

“We needed to stop behaving like a bureaucratic enforcer and start behaving like a business,” she noted at the Forum.

“We therefore flattened the structure so that decisions would be made easily. We also did away with some ‘permanent and pensionable’ people, reduced the size of administration and after this we saw revenues just shot up.”

Reengineering

Kagina notes that the old URA was also clogged up with long and numerous procedures spelt out in government policies, which actually served no purpose.

“We looked out for all these procedures, cut out all that was no longer relevant to tax administration. We eliminated signatures because they were a source of inefficiency and corruption. And with signatures went power. We devolved all power to the lowest tax administrators (Tax Officers) and the role of the rest of us top managers would be supervision.”

Rebranding

The long dead reputation of the Tax Authority also needed healing, because it was destroying compliance.

“Our image was bad out there. We needed to make people forget about our past, so we gave ourselves a new logo, carefully selecting out new colours (yellow and blue). Ugandans are so political you know!”

Thereafter, URA intensified its workers’ expertise, increasing the body’s training budget from Sh 200m in 2004, to the current Shs5 bn.

“We also opened ourselves up for public scrutiny and built a number of relations with other government agencies, private companies, and the media, security organs and most of our successes have been because of these friendships. “

On October 31, Kagina is confident she will be handing over URA at a better place.

She noted, “The stage is set now, the staff is professional, well equipped, systems are running, everything automated, we have people’s trust, and I believe that URA will become bigger and better”
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On behalf of the AU, Ambassador Fred Ngoga-Gateretse, Acting Head of the Mission Analysis Cell of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), welcomed the participants and thanked the UNMAS and HPSS for providing the technical expertise and facilities for organizing the training.

He also commended the strides taken by the respective countries in eradicating landmines and other explosive remnants of war as a key component to any post-conflict situation which, of necessity, needs consolidation of peace and security, as well as the undertaking of post-conflict reconstruction and development.

UNMAS representative, Mr. Nick Van Elsacker, stated that the training initiative is a milestone in AU’s continued commitment to supporting AU Member States in addressing the threat of landmines, Unexploded Ordnance and Improvised Explosive Devices on the African continent.

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The AU Commission remains committed to supporting Member States in their mine action activities, including in the development of national mine-action capacities and support for national programmes.

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On behalf of the AU, Ambassador Fred Ngoga-Gateretse, Acting Head of the Mission Analysis Cell of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), welcomed the participants and thanked the UNMAS and HPSS for providing the technical expertise and facilities for organizing the training.

He also commended the strides taken by the respective countries in eradicating landmines and other explosive remnants of war as a key component to any post-conflict situation which, of necessity, needs consolidation of peace and security, as well as the undertaking of post-conflict reconstruction and development.

UNMAS representative, Mr. Nick Van Elsacker, stated that the training initiative is a milestone in AU’s continued commitment to supporting AU Member States in addressing the threat of landmines, Unexploded Ordnance and Improvised Explosive Devices on the African continent.

Speaking on behalf of the HPSS, Col Gitonga, the Commandant of the School, urged the participants to work hard and muster skills so as to be able to reduce the devastating humanitarian and socio-economic impact of mines.

The AU Commission remains committed to supporting Member States in their mine action activities, including in the development of national mine-action capacities and support for national programmes.

Building capacity of Member States is particularly important considering the increasing threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

The Commission will continue to work closely with its partners in supporting regional training centers to build the capacity of national mine action authorities.
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MTN Group President and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa will also deliver a keynote address on the opening day of the conference. Dabengwa will share his thoughts about the development of the industry and the role of telecoms in the further growth and evolution of the African continent.

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Mobile 360-Africa serves as an extension of previously established GSMA events, including the Mobile for Development Summit and the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Leadership Forum.  These events are featured at Mobile 360-Africa as co-located programmes, showcasing the progress of initiatives already benefitting millions within the region. The co-located programmes will take a closer look at many of the initiatives driven by GSMA’s work in Mobile for Development, Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU), Connected Women and policy and regulation.

We’re very pleased to have MTN Group’s strong support of Mobile 360-Africa,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions globally, with the number of unique mobile subscribers growing by 18 per cent annually over the last five years, and it’s also a tremendously diverse environment. We’re looking forward to Mobile 360-Africa and exploring how mobile is driving digital and financial inclusion in the region, for the benefit of citizens, businesses and governments alike.”

 

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