Summons issued by the Ugandan Government for the Chief Executive and other Directors of a company to appear in court for tax evasion

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 648 (CW859E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 37-2012 OF 23 NOVEMBER 2012

MR DB FELDMAN (COPE – GAUTENG) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Whether she has been informed of the summons issued by the Ugandan government for a certain Chief Executive (name furnished) and other Directors of a certain company (name furnished) to appear in court for tax evasion; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:

(1) The Minister has been advised of the summonses issued against (name furnished) and the Board on charges of tax evasion.

They have been summoned to appear in the Buganda Road Court on 12 December 2012 on charges arising from a private prosecution for tax evasion, conspiracy to make false customs declarations and conspiracy to evade taxes.

The charges were initiated by a former employee of the certain company (name furnished), who had earlier this year been charged with offences related to the embezzlement of company funds amounting to approximately US$4.8m.

In a ruling delivered on 6 November 2012 by the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court, the Court ruled that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should take over the proceedings of the case and that the complainant should hand over all files to the DPP. Only upon receipt of such proof would the DPP be in a position to consider whether prosecution would proceed.

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