The government is planning to impound former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi’s recently acquired Land cruiser V8 which he claims to be bulletproofed.
Separate security sources have told The Witness that a decision has been reached to impound the car as investigations continue on how the opposition politician acquired it.
“Any time it gets on the road, it is going to be impounded for under declaration of its value. It was cleared as an ordinary car yet an armoured car, because of its advanced features, pays a higher tax,” the source said.
“There is also suspicion that it is fitted with a tracking device which enables him to monitor state security communications yet that is the preserve of only the head of state and some security chiefs,” the source added.
Reports suggest that Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) management has instructed its enforcement arm to impound the car for tax re-evaluation.
Kyagulanyi took the country by surprise on Sunday when he announced his coveted acquisition that he said was bought by NUP supporters.
The announcement was made through his Facebook page and accompanied it with a photo of himself leaning against the car with crossed arms.
On Monday, he drove in it to the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya near Kampala where he had called a press conference to announce his decision to withdraw the petition he filed before the Supreme Court challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election.
It is understood that on the same day, security kicked off investigations into how the car was imported, cleared and finally got to the pop music star cum politician.
As part of the investigation, all URA staff in the motor vehicle registration sections – particularly those that handled the car in question have reportedly been invited to record statements.
“That is not a luxury car that anyone can acquire, if you have to get it, there are security processes you have to go through including the security assessing the kind of threat a person getting it is facing. It is a privilege of a certain class of people not everyone,” a source said.
Photos of police and army officers camped outside Kyagulanyi’s residence at Magere circulated on the social media on Thursday afternoon as he met elected local government leaders from Mukono, Kampala and Wakiso districts.
The security personnel moving in a white Toyota double-cabin pickup truck and a motorcycle, were said to be from URA’s tax enforcement unit.
According to Ugstandard, a Kampala based news website, URA spokesman Ian Rumanyika confirmed in a WhatsApp that there is an ongoing investigation.
“We are aware of this issue and are currently investigating it in accordance with our usual practices. Until we have concluded the investigation, we will not make any further comment,” Rumanyika reportedly told Ugstandard.
Army spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso told The Witness that much as there are some soldiers who were seen at Kyagulanyi’s residence, the UPDF is not involved in the matter.
“It is a purely police and Internal Affairs matter, the army is not party to it,” Byekwaso said.
The police spokesman, Fred Enanga referred us to URA.
“Ask URA, for us we are just an enforcement team,” Enanga said.
NUP spokesman, Joel Ssenyonyi said the current developments are not any different from the drama that surrounded their party’s change of leadership.
“They will panic every time they see the name Kyagulanyi. Let them do whatever they want. The car went through all the laid processes before it got to Kyagulanyi because it also went to Interpol and got cleared,” Ssenyonyi said.
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