By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Uganda Revenue Authority has received another big blow from National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine who has since snubbed their letter that required him to hand back his armoured monster ride for re-examination and re-evaluation citing it was allegedly under-declared.
URA’s letter seen by TheSpy Uganda revealed that the officials didn’t know it was an ‘armoured vehicle’ and therefore it was under-declared and undertaxed.
However, in a response letter from Bobi’s lawyers of Wameli and Co. Advocates, to URA, Bobi maintains that the tax collectors who seemed to be asleep when they were clearing his vehicle, don’t have automatic powers to re-examine his vehicle once it left their premises, hence asking them to withdraw their decision because it is not backed by any law.
“Much as it is true you have the powers under section 236 (d) of the EAC customs management Act to “examine” goods, you do not have automatic powers to “re-examine” goods which were in your custody (warehouse), were examined, assessed to tax, the tax fully paid and the goods released to the owner/Taxpayer,” Kyagulanyi’s letter reads.
The lawyers add that the decision to recall their client’s motor vehicle is not only arbitrary and without legal basis but it is also a threat to their client’s right to property and privacy, among others.
They further responded to URA thus; “Your decision to recall our client’s motor vehicle is not only arbitrary and without legal basis but it is also a threat to our client’s right to property and privacy, among others.”
As a result, therefore, the lawyers asked URA to immediately withdraw their decision to recall their client’s motor vehicle as long as such a decision is arbitrary and unsupported by any law.