Nineteen years ago, Doris Akol joined Uganda Revenue Authority's legal department. She is now going to head to the authority, after beating seven others to the job. As a trained lawyer, with a Masters Degree from Makerere University and another from the University of McGill in Canada, she was described by Allen Kagina, the out-going Commissioner General as a person who pays attention to detail and efficient in what she does.
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Akol (44) started her education at Nakasero Primary School. She later joined St Mary's Namagunga for O'level and would later go on to finish her A'level at Nabisunsa Girls School. At the time Allen Kagina was joining URA - in 1992 -, Akol was in her final year at the Makerere University Law School. She didn't join URA after her law degree. She joined a law firm, Nagemi & Co. Advocates for one year.
She became a commissioner in 2011, when she replaced Jennifer Musisi as Commissioner Legal and Board Affairs at URA. Much of her work has been as the in house counsel for URA and is credited for leading the team of lawyer's in the Capital Gains Tax cases against Tullow and Heritage Oil Companies. In a statement issued by Sarah Banage Birungi, Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs, the successes against Tullow and Heritage could see Uganda gain US$800m as revenue.
It is from this achievement that she was awarded Best Female In-House Lawyer of the Year 2014 by the Uganda Law Society.
At URA, she was part of Fired Up for Excellent Leadership (FUEL), an in-house program aimed at grooming leaders. This propelled her into management positions in the last nine years. Her emphasis, she told reporters, will not be changing URA but build on what Kagina did.
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Akol now has the task of making sure URA hits its Ugx9trillion target to finance the Ugx13trillion target. She noted that the priority areas in meeting the target will be enforcement of tax compliance and accessibility of tax services to the wider population. In the last financial year, URA had the highest shortfall of Ugx500bn since Kagina became CG, a decade ago.
As she moves on to the Ugx28m per month job - excluding perks - on 1st November 2014, Doris has credentials to show for it. She becomes the third woman to run URA after Annebrit Aslund (RIP) and Allen Kagina. In her view, this is an indicator that gender is no limitation to career growth.
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Come 1st November, she will be watched with greater scrutiny as URA moves away from the Kagina era to the Akol regime.