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Profiled! These URA Commissioners started work today. Here is who they are..

On November 1, 2021, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) announced new additions on its top leadership. The announcement was contained in a circular dated  1st November 2021.

 “The URA Board of Directors at its 3rd/2021 Special Board meeting held on 26th and 27th October, 2021 interviewed candidates for the vacant Senior Management positions in the Departments of Domestic Taxes, Tax Investigations, Information Technology and Innovation and Commissioner General’s Office,” the Circular reads.

According to the memo, Denis Kugonza Kateeba and Robert Mutebi joined URA as Commissioner Tax Investigations and Commissioner Information Technology and Innovation respectively.

Allen Nassanga, Ibrahim Bbossa Kibuuka and Sarah Chelengat Sarah Muzungyo join the taxman as Assistant Commissioner IT, Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs and Commissioner Domestic Taxes respectively.

The new appointees report to work effective December 1, 2021.

URA Board says all the appointees were sourced competitively and come with experience.

 Business Focus brings to you details about the newly appointed  commissioners and Assistant Commissioners.

Denis Kugonza Kateeba

Kugonza has a wealth of experience. Most of his employment has been between Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) as an accountant and Senior Financial Accountant respectively.

Working with UNRA between July 2008 and June 2012, Kugonza was directly in charge of preparation of accounts, review and processing payments, management of budgets and budgetary controls.

He then moved to NAADS. This was between July 2012 and February 2016.

While here, he took care of financial reporting for donor projects and government statutory financial statements.

It is then that he returned to UNRA as a Manager in Charge Accounts until his appointment as Commissioner Tax Investigations at URA .

Kugonza  holds MBA-Accounting and Finance from Makerere University and ACCA, Accounting and Finance from Emile Woolf College, London.

 Ibrahim Bbossa Kibuuka

Until his appointment as  Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs at URA , Bbossa was working at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) as the Head PR and International Relations, an office he has occupied  since February 2019.   Still at UCC, he worked as the Head Consumer Affairs. This was between February 2013 and July 2018. Between July 2013 and July 2018, Bbossa worked as Manager Consumer Affairs at UCC and was in charge of developing and implementing strategies aimed at empowering and protecting consumers in line with the Commission’s objectives.  Bbossa was also a Marketing Specialist at Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited. This was between January 2012 and January 2013. Bbossa also worked as a part-time lecturer at the Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) between February 2007 and April 2012.

Bbossa was also a Marketing Manager at Kampala University between 2006 and 2007.

Bbossa holds  Masters in Communications Management, University of Rwanda, Post graduate diploma in marketing, London School of Marketing and Bachelor’s degree in Business studies, IUIU.

Ian Rumanyika commonly referred to as PR Fundi because of his PR Fundi master classes has been the Acting Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs at URA since Vincent Seruma retired.

Bbossa’s appointment as Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs at URA means that Rumanyika remains URA’s substantive Manager Public and Corporate Affairs. He will closely work with Bbossa like he previously worked with Seruma.

Sarah Chelengat Muzungyo

Muzungyo is not new to URA. She first worked at URA as a Senior Tax Auditor between September 1998 and December 2007.

During the 9 years, she was involved in Tax Audits (Was lead auditor in comprehensive tax audits both in large taxpayers and medium tax offices), Projects (was part of the initial team that started the Presumptive tax in Uganda as a pilot project, was part of the audit team that audited the Top 20 IMF Tax Payers and member of the objections and appeals committee).

Outside this, Muzungyo has been a tax tutor, CPA Prorammes at Management Training and Accountancy College (MAT) since August 2011. She lectures both taxation papers of CPA Uganda exams – Advanced Tax and Taxation. Muzungyo also lectures paper 18 – Integration of Knowledge. Muzungyo is also a Senior Tax Manager at Ernst and Young Eastern Africa (Uganda), a position she has held since January 2008.

Her career in tax spans over 16 years (9 in URA and 7 in Ernst & Young) experience in tax advisory, group restructuring, tax due diligence ,transfer pricing, human capital and tax compliance assignments covering various industry sectors, amassed from Uganda Revenue Authority and Ernst & Young.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Business Administration (Accounting) from Makerere University, CPA and Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation, Tax Laws. She also holds a post graduate diploma in International Tax (ADIT) from Chartered Institute of Taxation, UK.

Robert Mutebi  

Robert Mutebi, is the newly appointed Commissioner Information Technology & Innovation at URA.

This is a new strategic role at URA aimed to drive the digital agenda, innovation and automation.

Robert exited dfcu Bank yesterday as Head of Business Technology. He has also previously served as Senior Manager: Technology Solutions at MTN Uganda among other senior management roles. He is a respected Business, Strategy, Leadership & Technology (products & solutions) professional. He brings to the role 20+ years of Teams Leadership experience, 18+ years’ experience IT & Telecoms and 15+ years of Supervision / Management.

He is a Chartered Manager, from the Chartered Management Institute (UK), a digital finance professional, an ITIL & CISM certified manager, and a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, he also holds an MBA (Leicester University) among others.

URA CG Welcomes new senior members

Earlier today, URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi confirmed welcoming new senior members to the Tower.

“I’ve welcomed new leaders to the @URAuganda family today. I’ve urged them to be bold and innovative in the pursuit of our goal to raise enough revenue to deliver Uganda’s economic independence,” URA CG Musinguzi tweeted, with these photos:

Credit: Business Focus & CEO East Africa

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