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URA sacks commissioner who cleared Bobi Wine’s car, orders its tax enforcement team to impound it

NUP supporters surprised Bobi Wine with a brand new bullet proof car to support the ‘Situlago’ (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KAMPALA — Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) leadership has ordered its tax enforcement team to pick up National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine Bobi Wine’s bullet proof vehicle allegedly for tax evasion.

This website had on Monday reported about the war among different security agencies as regards with how Mr. Wine, was given his new SUV armoured vehicle.

We have since learnt that from Monday this week, all Motor Vehicle sections at URA that handle car registration, particularly the officers who handled Mr. Wine’s vehicle were summoned to record statements on how the car was registered and no one made an alert.

The top leadership of the URA has Thursday, February passed a resolution to recall the car for tax re-evaluation while the commissioner who worked upon its release a one Jane Akello has been sent on forced leave with immediate effect.

Akello was working as acting commissioner for about one year in the position of a one Namuli who was dropped by the board last year.

According to sources, the clearing of such armoured vehicles is a preserve of security, and some elements in the military are now bitter.

URA Spokesman Mr. Ian Rumanyika in a WhatsApp message said: “We haven’t fired anyone’

“We are aware of this issue and are currently investigating it in accordance with our usual practices,” he said, adding that: “Until we have concluded the investigation, we will not make any further comment”.

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, the president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party announced on social media that his supporters had bought for him the vehicle.

“There is group of comrades who kick-started a fundraising campaign for a bullet proof vehicle. These comrades informed me of their plan, but I thought it was an uphill task, given how expensive it is. A few weeks ago, these comrades surprised me when they informed me that they had succeeded in raising enough money for the vehicle, and here it is. I can’t THANK YOU enough,” Bobi Wine said in a Facebook post.

Mr Kyagulanyi’s rise to political stardom has caused eyebrows in government that has since moved to curtail his movements.

His move to acquire a political party from Moses Kibalama came as a surprise in many security circles.

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