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URA Arrests, Fires Operatives Over Extortion


By Keefa Nuwahereza

Officials of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have fired three operatives who have been working as informers over the years, after they got involved in acts of extortion.

The sacked Operatives have been identified as Caleb Kankiriho, Paul Nuwagaba and Siraje Mbabali.

According to a Memo released by the Assistant Commissioner Enforcement, Agnes Nabwire Asobola,  the three are no longer working with or on behalf of URA henceforth and whoever deals with them does so at his or her own risk.

Caleb Kankiriho after arrest

The Memo, which was addressed to all Enforcement Staff and Units reads in part thus;
“In the day to day operations, intelligence or information is critical, since it leads us to those considered non-compliant or evading taxes.

In the process, informers/informants  help in the provision of this information/Intelligence through all forms of communication.

There are supposed to be defined as people who provide privileged information about a person or an organisation to an agency and usually Law Enforcement, and they should be Confidential Human Sources (CHS), Cooperating Witnesses (CW) or Criminal Informants (CI).

We have in the past had perennial informers  stopping consignments and introducing themselves as informers of URA to the extent of extorting money from traders and promising to escort consignments to their premises.

These perennial informers include among others Caleb Kankiriho (CK), Siraje Mbabali and Paul Nuwagaba and are known to most of us.This therefore serves to warn and stop all of you from dealing with these people henceforth, and to the best blacklist or delete their numbers.

Any person dealing with these perennial informers should henceforth do it on their own  and their actions shall be regarded as failure or refusal to follow directives. 

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