By Noman Isaac Mwambazi
Last week, National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine received a donation from Ugandans in the diaspora for all the “good work” he has done for the people of Uganda.
This donation is unlike your usual 10K from your boyfriend or bestie.
Bobi Wine’s donation is a monster armoured Land Cruiser V8 SUV manufactured by Japanese Company Toyota, with registration number UBJ 667F.
The vehicle is bulletproof to safeguard Bobi Wine and his family from security threats as it is on record that security authorities have shot at his official vehicles several times.
Since Bobi Wine acknowledged receipt of the car a few days ago, authorities have been asking questions like how he managed to import it without the knowledge of security and intelligence services.
The acting Inspector-General of Government (IGG) George Bamugemereire has instructed an investigation into the matter.
But the IGG aside, tax collection body Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has also come out to take a hold of Bobi Wine’s new monster machine.
The URA wrote to the musician-turned-politician to voluntarily take the vehicle to URA headquarters in Nakawa for re-verification.
“An inquiry has been conducted into the circumstances under which motor vehicle Toyota Land cruiser Registration No UBF 667F declared to customs vide customs Reference UGCWH C54 dated 12th January 2021, was cleared and subsequently registered,” the letter reads in part.
URA further goes on to say that the vehicle was undervalued at Shs157,925,502, so it needs to be re-verified.
“In accordance with Section 236 (d) of the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 as amended, you are required to voluntarily bring the above-mentioned motor vehicle to the URA Nakawa Inland Port to undergo re-verification process not later than 3:00 pm of 26th February 2021, without fail,” URA instructs.
This car is one of the many silent moves Bobi Wine makes whose success make the noise. The other is acquiring the NUP party only a few months to the election, after which he was dragged to court to ascertain its ownership.
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