Uganda’s former presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine has been ordered to pay Shs337 million in taxes for his bullet-proof car.

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) communicated the development to the National Unity Platform (NUP) Leader following the conclusion of the reassessment process of his bullet-proof car which had initially attracted less tax having been considered as an ordinary vehicle.

In a letter the URA addressed to Bobi Wine’s legal team Wameli & Co. Advocates, the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 registration number UBJ 667 F confirmed the vehicle to be armored.

“The details of ballistic protection were confirmed as 90 mm for the window upper plate glass and 6 mm for the bottom hull,”  according to the letter.

The letter further read: “It was also established that the declaration made vide Customs reference UGCWH C 54 of February 12, 2021, did bare falsehoods of clearing it as a normal vehicle yet it was armored contrary to Sections 203 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.”

The April 22, 2021 letter was signed off by Mr. Abel Kagumire, the commissioner for the Customs Department.

URA said the new tax is upon establishing that Bobi Wine’s car is bullet-proof and costs $166,700 (more than Shs600m).

According to Kagumire, Customs has since re-evaluated the motor vehicle using alternative methods of valuation and appraised a customs value of $166,700 with tax payable of Shs337, 698,776 million.

Early last month, Bobi petitioned the High Court in Kampala, seeking to block URA from recalling his car to be subjected to fresh tax assessment, however, Justice Emmanuel Baguma on April 6 dismissed the application.

The said car was donated to Bobi Wine by his supporters in the Diaspora shortly after the January 14 polls.

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