Through his lawyers; Wameli and Company Advocates, Kyagulanyi says that he has been targeted since his participation in politics especially after the recently concluded presidential elections. He says that his properties, including vehicles, have been unlawfully impounded or retained by the government.
Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi on his contentious vehicle.
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu has petitioned the High Court in Kampala challenging the decision by
the Uganda Revenue Authority to recall his vehicle for a verification process.
Through his lawyers; Wameli and Company Advocates, Kyagulanyi says that he has been targeted
since he participated in politics especially after the recently concluded
presidential elections. He says that his properties, including vehicles,
have been unlawfully impounded or retained by the government.
He cited a motor
vehicle registration number UAT 416K (Tundra) which has been parked at Arua
Central Police Station since 2018. The said car was impounded by police following
a fracas in the Arua Municipality by-elections where Kyagulanyi’s
driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead, when
people power supporters were accused of allegedly pelting stones at one of the vehicles of President Yoweri Museveni.
Kyagulanyi says that since then, all his other vehicles
have either been damaged, destroyed or made unroadworthy by the government
security agencies. As such, Kyagulanyi says, he
acquired the vehicle registration number UBJ-667F (Toyota Land Cruiser
V8) in January 2021 to help him with transport and protect his life.
But on February 24, 2021, URA through their
Commissioner for Customs Abel Kagumire wrote a letter demanding that Kyagulanyi
surrenders the said motor vehicle for re-examination by February 26 2021. According to the tax body, their findings revealed that among others, the
fact that the said vehicle was armoured was not declared during their assessment exercise.
"The above-mentioned motor vehicle was
declared to customs as an ordinary motor vehicle, instead of an armoured
motor vehicle, the implication of which is that the vehicle was
157,925,502/=" reads Kagumire’s
letter. The Commission gave
Kyagulanyi two days to surrender the said vehicle. But Kyagulanyi through his lawyers
wrote to URA asking them to backtrack on their decision before going to
the court this evening.
Kyagulanyi alleges that the said vehicle
has been in the hands of
URA Customs warehouse examined and assessed before it was
and released to him. The musician-turned politician further contends
that he is currently in possession and use of the said motor vehicle
both as a means of transport and for protection purposes.
But he is now worried that if he hands
over the said vehicle, he will be left without any means of transport and without
the protection that he sought in that particular vehicle which cannot be penetrated
by bullets. He notes that he has fears that he will lose his vehicle since URA states that they did inquiries that
revealed many findings which he was not even privy to.
"The plaintiff/Kyagulanyi has been a victim of
such schemes from the government where his vehicle (Tundra) currently at Arua
Central Police Station was illegally and unlawfully impounded and has been kept
for over 3 years since 2018 under the guise of carrying out inquiries.
Kyagulanyi now says that by the said actions of URA,
his right to property is being infringed upon. Therefore, he is seeking a
declaration that URA does not have any powers to arbitrarily call for, threaten
to pound his car for re-examination in as far as the East African Community
Customs Management Act.
He also wants the court to issue a permanent injunction restraining
URA and her agents from enforcing their decision in Kagumire’s letter. He further wants to be compensated for the inconvenience
caused to him as well as costs of his suit which he says the subject matter is
valued at more than 150 million Shillings which fall under the jurisdictions of
The matter is yet to be fixed for hearing.