Two Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) officials have been arrested after picking a bribe to help a businessman evade taxes.
This was revealed by presidential spokesperson Don Wanyama on Tuesday night.
“State House Anti-Corruption Unit together with CID have today arrested two staff of URA who had picked Shs45m bribe from a trader in Jinja to help him evade taxes worth Shs3bn,” said Wanyama.
“They’re in police custody and will be charged,” he added on Twitter.
State House didn’t disclose the identities of the affected URA staff.
However, a top source at URA disclosed that the suspects in custody are Ferdinand Wamala and Hassan Miiro.
“We’ve been alerted about the arrest of our officers,” said a senior URA official who preferred anonymity to speak freely.
“They will have to explain their action before courts of law.”
Led by President Museveni’s former secretary, Edith Nakalema, the anti corruption unit has in recent months carried out raids to expose corruption and malfeasance in public offices.
Our reporters understand that the bribe money was marked before being handed to the URA officials.
According to Wamala’s identity card, he is at the rank of officer attached to the Domestic Taxes Department.
President Museveni recently warned URA against corruption, saying all perpetrators would soon be held to account.