The Committee on Commissions Statutory
Authority and State Enterprise-COSASE has grilled Uganda Revenue Authority-URA
officials led by the Commissioner General, Doris Akol to explain the
disappearance of 9000 litters of petrol under their custody.
The URA officials appeared before COSASE
chaired by the Kawempe South MP, Mubarak
Munyagwa on Tuesday to respond to queries
in the 2013/14 financial year Auditor General’s report.
In his report, the Auditor General noted that despite the fact
that URA seized up to 110,000 liters of petrol
from a company belonging to John Imaniraguha more than 9000 liters went
The petrol was seized by URA on May 30th, 2006
due taxes and penalties worth Shillings 90M.
Imaniraguha cleared the taxes in
question but found less fuel forcing him to petition the tax body.
URA then paid him Shillings 63.3M as
compensation for the missing fuel.
On Tuesday afternoon, Paul Mwiru, the Jinja
East MP tasked the URA officials to explain the circumstances under, which the
fuel went missing and disparities in the cost of the fuel per liter.
James Kisale, the then Assistant Commissioner
enforcement, explained that the fuel was impounded on suspicion of fraudulent transactions.
He explained that they didn’t measure the fuel when they impounded it, which
was an omission on their part.
Agnes Nabwire, the Assistant Commissioner Customs, saying the
fuel disappeared when they deposited the impounding fuel with Shell Uganda.
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Mubaraka Munyagwa questioned how fuel would
mysteriously disappear from the custody of URA.
He said the disappearance of the fuel in unacceptable
considering the fact that URA is supposed to be a custodian of impounded goods
in the country.