National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine has received his bulletproof car from the national tax body, URA upon President Museveni’s order.
The car in question had in April been impounded on court orders to be re-evaluated since the first time, it was unknown that the car was bulletproof. After a re-evaluation by Uganda Revenue Authority, it was concluded that the Toyota KoLand Cruiser V8 Reg No. UBJ 667F was re-evaluated at UGX 337 million.
However, in a letter from the President dated 7th June addressed to Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, URA was instructed to hand the car back to the owner with immediate effect.
This was confirmed by the Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki who stated that they had received similar instructions from President Museveni instructing them to return the vehicle to the owner.
“This is to inform you that we have received a directive from His Excellency the President of Uganda to effect that Uganda Revenue Authority should release your client’s motor vehicle immediately,” the letter addressed to URA read.
The letter additionally informed that, “In the light of the above, please liaise with the commissioner customs who by copy hereof is requested to facilitate provisional release of your client’s vehicle immediately.”
Kyagulanyi on the other hand has described the act as a public stunt by the head of state and it is aimed at stiring the public particularly his supporters against him.
“I first saw a letter that Museveni had directed that my car be given back. That is a gimmick to be used as a string against me,” said Kyagulangi.
More to this, he said that this shows how much the state revolves around the President as Uganda Revenue Authority that is meant to run on it’s own now revolves on the orders of President Museveni.
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“It shows that all state institutions have no power. They are under captivity by Mr. Museveni, why didn’t URA follow the right channels in returning the car but had to wait for Museveni? ” asked Kyagulangi while criticizing the entity.
Kyagulanyi also went ahead to call upon the government to release all political prisoners that were arrested during the campaign period and are still under custody up to date.