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Bobi Wine ordered to handover armored car for verification after court ruling

Uganda Revenue Authority has written to the former presidential candidate and National Unity Platform party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine to voluntarily hand over his armored vehicle for verification process after a recent court ruling.

Earlier this week, the High Court in Kampala dismissed Bobi Wine’s application seeking to block URA from recalling the alleged armored for a fresh tax reassessment giving the taxing body a green light to have the bullet-proof car assessed.

Kyagulanyi in his application filed last month had told court that the vehicle had already been assessed, taxes paid, and cleared for use by the tax body, adding that it is currently his only means of transport and that taking it for reassessment as requested for by URA would see him suffer losses.

However, Justice Emmanuel Baguma said that handing over the vehicle to URA would not cause any irreparable injury to Kyagulanyi.

URA acted on this ground of the court ruling and addressed a latter dated April,8, 2021 to Bobi Wine’s lawyers, AnthonyWameli and Company Advocates, the acting Commissioner for Customs in URA, Asadu Kugozi Kisitu says that the tax body is now seeking to implement its earlier request to have the car reassessed.

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“In light of the court ruling, we reiterate our earlier request to present the said motor vehicle to URA Nakawa inland port for re-verification exercise in the presence of your appointed agent not later than Friday, April 9, 2021,” the acting Commissioner for Customs in URA, Asadu Kugozi Kisitu said in the letter.

According to URA, Bobi Wine has until end of today, Friday, to handover the vehicle without fail or face further action.

It however remains to be seen whether Kyagulanyi will voluntarily hand over the vehicle to the tax body, now that court dismissed his application challenging the same.

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