The Civil Division of High Court has allowed the Uganda Revenue Authority-URA to go ahead and inspect the bulletproof vehicle recently bought for the National Unity Platform party leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, for the purpose of assessing taxes levied during its acquisition.
Bobi Wine had run to court to save his car from being impounded by the tax body.
According to Justice Emmanuel Baguma, Kyagulanyi has not presented evidence in his application to show that the re-calling of the said motor vehicle would cause him an irreparable injury which cannot be compensated by an award of damages. He has dismissed the application as improper.
He added that the Court was not satisfied with Kyagulanyi’s claim that his main worry or concern not to take back the said vehicle for re-verification was that it is his main means of transport and his personal security.
“It is therefore my considered view that the applicant has not adduced evidence to show that the re-calling of the said motor vehicle for re-verification or reexamination will cause him irreparable injury which cannot be compensated by an award of damages. The application therefore fails and it is hereby dismissed,” Justice Baguma ruled.
A few weeks after the January polls, Bobi Wine unveiled his car after which URA came out and said the Toyota Land Cruiser UBJ 667F was declared to customs as an ordinary vehicle and not an armored one, and therefore, less taxes were paid for it.
The revenue authority can now proceed to impound and re-examine his armoured vehicle in case Bobi Wine fails to take it to URA by himself.