Bobi’s ‘bullet proof car’ was under-declared, says URA

One of the supporters of former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, lean on the politician’s new car at the party offices in Kamwokya, Kampala on February 22, 2021. PHOTO | MICHALE KAKUMIRIZI

What you need to know:

  • According to URA, the vehicle entered Uganda from Kenya through Busia border on November 5, 2020, registered under licence plates KCY550X logbook number K3323207K belonging to Mr Fauz Khalid, a Kenyan. It was issued a certificate for temporary import. 
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The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has said Mr Robert Kyagulanyi’s vehicle, which is said to be bullet proof, was erroneously cleared.
Last week, Mr Kyagulanyi told his supporters that the car, a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 was acquired by local and foreign-based supporters after a fundraising drive, was armoured. This was after the URA had already cleared, registered and released it to him.
Now, URA says the details of the car were misrepresented and consequently, the car was under-valued.
"An enquiry has been conducted into the circumstances under which motor vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser Registration Number UBJ 667F was declared to customs vide reference UGCWH C54 dated 12th January 2021 was cleared and subsequently registered," says a letter signed by URA Commissioner for Customs, Mr Abel Kagumire.
URA says that their findings reveal that among other things, the fact that it was an armoured car was not declared during the assessment.
"The above-mentioned motor vehicle was declared to customs as an ordinary motor vehicle, instead of an armoured motor vehicle, the implication of which is that the vehicle was under-valued at 157,925,502/=," writes Mr Kagumire.
This would mean the tax of about Shs88 million that Kyagulanyi was charged was less than what he would have paid, hence the decision to recall the car.
"Under 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 a re-verification process not later than 3.00 pm of 26th February 2021, without fail," says the letter dated February 26, 2021.
According to URA, the vehicle entered Uganda from Kenya through Busia border on November 5, 2020, registered under licence plates KCY550X logbook number K3323207K belonging to Mr Fauz Khalid, a Kenyan. It was issued a certificate for temporary import. 
The Uganda customs and excise cargo receipt indicates that the car was handed over to Yuasa by one Marion Alukudo in November 2020. 

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