In a June 7 letter to Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, the URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki, said that they had received instructions from the president to return the vehicle to the owner immediately.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has received his
bulletproof vehicle from Uganda Revenue Authority-URA. The tax body returned
the vehicle that they impounded over tax issues following a directive from President,
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The taxi body impounded the vehicle in April after court clearance
to allow for re-inspection and tax assessment. After re-examination, URA
slapped new taxes of Ush337 million about $93,420 on the Toyota Land Cruiser V8
Reg. No. UBJ 667F after confirming that it's bulletproof.
In a June 7 letter to Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Anthony
Wameli, the URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki, said that they had received
instructions from the president to return the vehicle to the owner immediately.
“This is to inform you that we have received a
directive from His Excellency the President of Uganda to effect that Uganda
Revenue Authority should release your client’s motor vehicle immediately,” the
letter from URA reads. Adding that, “In
the light of the above, please liaise with the commissioner
customs who by copy hereof is requested to facilitate
provisional release of your client’s vehicle
However, Rujoki notes, “the outstanding tax is still due and
payable. The final amount will be communicated to your client in due course
after the review of the proposal”. Shortly after receiving the vehicle at his
home in Magere Kasangati in Wakiso District, Kyagulanyi described Museveni’s
directive to URA as a publicity stunt.
“I first saw a letter that. Museveni had directed that my car
be given back. That is a gimmick to be used as a string against me,” Kyagulanyi
said. He said the decision is a clear manifestation of how state institutions have
been hijacked and work on “orders” of the president.
“It shows that all state institutions have no power. They are
under captivity by Mr. Museveni why didn’t URA follow the right channels
in returning the car but had to wait for Museveni? Kyagulanyi asked. Kyagulanyi also
used the same occasion to demand that the government release hundreds of his
supporters still in prisons over political reasons.
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Kyagulanyi also revealed that his team would first
examine the vehicle before he uses it. Bobi-Wine’s supporters in the
Diaspora donated the vehicle shortly after the disputed January 14, 2021 polls