KAMPALA —National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has written to Uganda Revenue Authority describing the decision to recall his car for re-examination as unlawful.
Mr. Wine through his lawyers of Wameli & Company Advocates & Solicitor the decision to recall his car is not only arbitrary and without any legal basis but is also a threat to his right to property, privacy among others.
“Much as it is true that you have the powers under section 23b(a) of the EAC customs Management Act to examine goods, you don’t 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,” his lawyers wrote.
“This is to therefore demand that you immediately withdraw your decision to recall our client’s motor vehicle as long as such a decision is arbitrary and unsupported by any law,” the lawyers added.
Police had surrounded Mr. Wine’s home in Magere to impound his bullet proof vehicle allegedly over tax evasion but URA ordered them to back off saying its enforcement team was handling the matter.
URA Spokesman Mr. Ian Rumanyika the tax body was currently investigating the matter “in accordance with our usual practices”.
“Until we have concluded the investigation, we will not make any further comment”.
Apparently, there’s information that URA leadership has with immediate effect sent on forced leave the acting commissioner a one Jane Akello who handled the release of that controversial car to Mr. Wine.
Akello was reportedly working as acting commissioner for about one year in the position of a one Namuli who was dropped by the board last year.
Mr. Rumanyika, however, dismissed this version of the story and said no one has been sacked.
“We dont have a Commissioner called Akello, and we have never had anyone called Namuli,” he said.