Former AG Ruhindi Initiated Presidential Handshake- Akol

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Doris Akol, the Uganda Revenue Authority URA Commissioner General has named former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi as the brainchild behind the arrangement to reward top government officials.

Doris Akol, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General has named former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi as the mastermind of the 'presidential handshake' now under probe by parliament.
Up to 42 government officials were rewarded with 6 billion Shillings for their role in a tax arbitration case between the Government of Uganda and Heritage Oil.
According to a letter presented before the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Ruhindi makes a case for a reward to the winning team. Akol told the committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu that Ruhindi proposed a team of 24 officials for the reward.
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She added that she only became involved in the process when President Museveni summoned her for a meeting on May 17, 2015.
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The committee resolved that Akol together with former Attorney General Ruhindi appear before the committee jointly on Monday.
Meanwhile, Akol also came under censure over accusations that she smuggled in individuals on the list of beneficiaries with the list shooting from 24 originally compiled by former Attorney General to 42. She however failed to expalin the rise in numbers.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.