By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has charged former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine the Ghetto Gladiator an extra tax of over UGX300M following a re-inspection exercise of his armoured vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser UBJ 667F.
In a letter addressed to Bobi Wine’s lawyers of Wameri & co Advocates, URA has told Bobi Wine to pay Shs337,698,776.25 ‘because the car was declared at their customs as an ordinary car charged at Shs88million thus undervaluing it at Shs157,925,502.’
The tax body says after re-inspection, they found out that it’s indeed an armoured car and that is why Bobi Wine has to pay over Shs300m to rescue the ride or lose it.
However, Bobi Wine has protested the move via his Facebook terming payment of extra fees for a car that was legally cleared by all relevant agencies as ”persecution.”
”The persecution continues!
In yet another shameful move, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has written to us today requiring me to pay 337,698,776.25/= (Over three hundred million Uganda shillings) for the vehicle which came into the country legally and was cleared by all relevant agencies. The vehicle was taken to the Directorate of Interpol in Kololo and they cleared it. It was then taken to the forensics department of police in Naguru, and they too cleared it. Then we took it to URA and they did their own independent verification and levied the relevant tax which we paid.
The reason we did all this very easily was that my name hadn’t come into the picture. For several months, they did not raise any issue. Indeed, if the car belonged to any other citizen, there wouldn’t be an issue.
It was only when we transferred the car into my name that they began looking for fault and did not find any. At first, they claimed that armoured vehicles require clearance by the Ministry of Defence. But there was no law to back their outrageous claim. That is how they said it was undervalued. We understand they quickly moved and sacked, demoted or persecuted all URA, Interpol and Police staff who did their job and cleared this vehicle. For no reason whatsoever, they punished them for not knowing that the car would end up in Bobi Wine’s name! Others were summoned by CMI for interrogation!
It will be recalled that the regime impounded two of my vehicles in Arua in 2018 and refused to return them to me up to now!
So, countrymen and women, this is where we are. All public institutions are personalized by Gen. Museveni who does with them whatsoever he pleases. As I have consistently said, when you take on Museveni, you have taken on all government institutions and they will gang up against you. The God who defends the weak against the strong is on our side. In the end, we shall look back to these trials and tribulations and make a pledge never to repeat the same mistakes.
We shall overcome! The forces of evil may do all these things, but they never win in the end. Examples are all over.”