Kagina and Akol Must Resign – Lokodo
By Serestino Tusingwire
The state Minister for Ethics and integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo has condemned the act in which government top shots distributed among themselves money amounting to Shs6bn.
Lokodo put the blame on the Uganda Revenue Authority Commission general Doris Akol and her predecessor Allen Kagina for failing to advise the president about the so called handshake.
According to Lokodo, what these government officials did was shameful and they cannot escape the consequences.
“They [Kagina and Akol] should be advised to resign. I don’t agree with this agreement, I condemn it; it’s unfair and unethical” Lokodo said.
It’s worth noting that, in June 2015, a protracted legal battle over capital gains tax between URA& Tullow oil resulted into a settlement of Sh824Bn and about Shs6bn was doled out to senior government officials as a reward for their role in facilitating the successful settlement.
Akol and Kagina were among the big beneficiaries of this so called presidential handshake. They bagged Shs242m each.
Other beneficiaries include; Kampala Capital City Authority boss Jennifer Musisi – Shs121, Finance ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi – Shs108 (and his predecessor Chris Kassami – Shs393), former attorney generals Peter Nyombi – Shs226 and Fred Ruhindi – Shs93, as well as the solicitor general among others.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on Monday issued an interim order “restraining parliament, any person or authority from investigating, questioning or inquiring into” the Shs6bn presidential handshake saga until further notice.
This is however seen by many as a direct support by judiciary towards corruption.