By Najibu Mulema
Doris Akol is the current Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority ( URA) and apparently she is one of the government officials stuck in the middle of the scandalous Presidential handshake where 42 senior government officials rewarded themselves with shs6 billion after URA won the court settlement against the British oil firm known as Tullow oil.
Here are the six things you didn’t know about Akol;
1.Doris Akol attended Nakasero Primary School. For her O-Level education, she studied at Mount Saint Mary’s College Namagunga. She then attended Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), obtained in 1993, from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university. She also She holds the degree of Master of Laws (LLM), obtained from Makerere University. Her second degree of Master of Laws, was obtained from McGill University in Canada.
2. Following her graduation from the Law Development Centre in 1994, she spent one year at PricewaterhouseCoopers, at their Kampala offices. In 1995, she joined URA, as a Legal Officer.
3.She became a commissioner in 2012, 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.
4.Akol also served as URA’s Legal Secretary. In October 2014, she was appointed Commissioner General at URA. She assumed her new office on 30 October 2014.
5.She is the third consecutive female boss at URA. She replaced Allen Kagina, who served from 2004. Kagina took over from another female, Anebrit Aslund, who was at the helm from 2001 to 2004.
6.Currently, Akol is one of the topmost paid government officials walking away with shs 40 million monthly and just last year in December, the SG bagged more than shs 260 million ( salary inclusive) after the oil cash bonanza.