Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has tasked National Unity platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to pay Shs337m to recover his armoured car.
In what he termed as “a shameful move”, URA Thursday wrote to Bobi Wine demanding taxes and clearance fees for the vehicle which he said 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,” he said.
“The reason we did all this very easily was because 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 any issue.”
It was only when he transferred the car into his name that authorities 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 his vehicles in Arua in 2018 and refused to return them to him up to now.