The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has suspended foreign travel for all its staff, pending review and improvement in revenue collections.
According to a source, the decision that has since stunned workers was made a few weeks ago by the management of URA led by the Commissioner General Doris Akol, in an effort to cut down on operational costs of the revenue collection body that employs 2900 people.
“It is true; we can longer travel abroad, leaving us less informed that we cannot even put up informed debate with our colleagues like those from the Ministry of Finance, who travel abroad a lot,” the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the EagleOnline.
According to the source, the situation was made worse by the URA’s failure to meet its targeted revenue in the last fiscal year.
By press time efforts to contact URA public relations office were futile.
However, media reports indicate that URA registered a shortfall of over Shs242 billion between January and March this year, a period characterized by electioneering. The shortfall was mostly pronounced in domestic taxes’ dips.