Saturday April 26 2014

Judges trained on oil dispute resolution

By Anthony Wesaka

As the country moves closer to start producing its own oil and gas, judges have been trained on how to adjudicate taxation disputes arising from the industry.
A two-day symposium was organised to train judges on oil and gas disputes at Lake Victoria Serena Resort in Kigo, off Entebbe Road in Wakiso District. The symposium was organised by the Judicial Training Committee, Judicial Studies Institute and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Uganda has an estimated 3.5 billion barrels of oil. The exploration phase has been completed and the country is now moving to the production stage.
Speaking at the symposium, URA Commissioner General Allen Kagina said their preparedness in handling taxation in the multi-billion oil and gas industries is based on grounds that tax payers devise many different ways to avoid or even evade taxes.
Ms Kagina boasted of how URA had by January this year collected more than Shs825 billion in tax revenue from oil companies.

On that account, Ms Kagina called upon the judicial officers to prepare themselves on how to effectively handle tax disputes that may arise between the oil and gas companies and URA.
Acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, while speaking at the same forum, urged judges to dispose of all cases before them expeditiously and also reminded them of their role in ensuring realisation of tax compliance through tax jurisprudence and sanctioning of tax evaders.