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By Isaac Wandubile

Some 20 senior staff of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have been passed out after completing a two-week course at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi District.

On Friday, Deputy Inspector of the Uganda Police, Maj Gen Stephen Sabiti Muzeyi, presided over the colorful passing out ceremony, handing the graduands certificates of completion.

In a fortnight, the 20 top managers had gained skills in leadership, politics and socio-economic transformation, gun assembling and self-defense.

NALI Director Brig Gen David Kasura Kyomukama was head of the training that started on February 10.

Brig Gen Kyomukama had also trained 47 staffs from State House’s Anti-Corruption Unit and 35 from Uganda Bureau of Statistic (UBOS).

Maj Gen Muzeyi told the 102 officials to always do their work with integrity, and promote unity and love amongest the people just like the Bible teaches.

“Leaders are chosen by God. They should, therefore, not distort the instructions of their Creator,” said Muzeyi.

For her part, URA Commissioner General Doris Akol said the course fitted in the tax-collecting body’s plan to rejuvenate the spirit of patriotism, renew the culture of transformation and servant leadership, and enhance team work and collaboration.

“The team passed out is central to the growth of the institution and plays a vital role in providing strategic directions and leadership to the rest of the team,” said Akol, credited for key URA reforms in recent years.

“The knowledge imparted will be used to inform our economic policies and leadership at URA.”

She also praised NALI for skilling URA staff, revealing that at least three other groups of staff had benefitted from the institute’s leadership programmes.

“We will continue bringing more members for training [because] NALI is a perfect place to re-energize, plan and focus on embarking on the mission to implementation on the corporate strategy and the domestic revenue mobilization,” she said, further pledging that URA “will work towards improving revenue collection and lifting Uganda’s GDP taxation with the next five years.”

One of the top government officials who also spoke at the ceremony was the Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit.

Lt Col Nakalema told the graduands that their agencies had a lot hopes in them, especially in the area of promotion of integrity and transparency. “Be better leaders, have integrity, and work hard to end corruption,” she said.

She also used the occasion to praise her team, and went further to ask Muzeyi to consider Police Officer Bernard Ocaya, who works under her unit, for elevation.

“Afande, I request you to promote him [Ocaya] because he has done a great work in fighting corruption,” she pleaded.

She also noted that her unit, which receives at least 280 complaints every day, had caused the arrest of 120 officials, 99 of whom were convicted since it’s creation 14 months ago.

In the same period, continued Nakalema, the unit had won nine court cases and recovered Shs7bn.



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