Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has written to opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine notifying him of the outcome of the re-examination conducted on his impounded vehicle Toyota Landcruiser V8.
There was a contention on whether the car is bulletproof and against that backdrop Court ordered Mr Kyagulanyi to surrender the car to the tax body for verification.
On Thursday, the Commissioner Customs Abel Kagumire wrote to Kyagulanyi’s lawyers notifying them of the results.
“It was confirmed that the unit was armored. The details of Ballistic protection were confirmed as 90 mm for the window upper plate glass and 6 mm for the bottom Hull,” Abel said in a letter.
Below is the full letter:
Your letter Ref: WAC/COMC/GEN/2021 dated 20th April 2021 on the above matter refers; the contents have been noted; we wish to respond as follows; Following the re-examination of your clients’ motor vehicle.
Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Reg. No. UBJ 667F; it was confirmed that the unit was armored.
The details of Ballistic protection were confirmed as 90 mm for the window upper plate glass and 6 mm for the bottom Hull.
It was also established that the declaration made vide Customs reference UGCWH C 54 of 12th February 2021 did bare false hoods of clearing it as a normal vehicle yet it was armored contrary to Sections 203 of the East African Community Customs Management Act. 2004
Customs has re-valued the motor vehicle using alternative methods of valuation and appraised a Customs value of $ 166,7001- (United States Dollars One hundred sixty six thousand only); with tax payable of UWE 337,698,776.25/= (Uganda Shillings Three hundred thirty seven million six hundred ninety eight thousand seven hundred seventy six only).
Please advise your client to liaise with the office of the Assistant Commissioner Enforcement who by copy hereof is requested to facilitate payment of due taxes and release of your client’s vehicle accordingly.