The Governing Board of Directors of the Guyana Revenue Authority announced today that it has taken a unanimous decision to send Commissioner General Kurshid Sattaur on vacation leave with immediate effect to facilitate an upcoming comprehensive audit of the agency by a reputable international firm.
In a statement, the Board said that Mr. Sattaur who has been Commissioner General for the past 12 years has accumulated vacation leave time of more than 200 days and has been ordered to proceed immediately on leave while authorities organize for the audit of the Authority.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Ingrid Griffith will act in the position during the period.
The government has been talking about a complete overhaul and reform of the Guyana Revenue Authority and has been making moves in that direction.
Ever since the government took office back in May, many in the administration voiced the concern that Sattaur should be replaced or his contract not renewed when it expires.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan has been talking about the need for a better working GRA and a new vision being developed for the revenue collection entity.
A few weeks after it took office, a number of senior GRA officials were also asked to proceed on their owed leave. Many of them had hundreds of days of vacation leave that they had not requested and did not take for a number of years.
Over the years, the GRA,while bringing in billions of dollars in revenue for the government, has been rocked by several multi million dollar frauds. Many of those cases were not adequately addressed.