Thursday, February 04 2016
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on Dec 18 slapped Bobi Wine with a tax evasion fine of 54 million. The Dembe singer was given seven days to clear the amount or else it would attract interest as a result of delayed payment.
The demand notice letter was addressed to Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of Nangabo Magere and it's; Unpaid income tax for the period-July 2008 to June 2015, making it 8 years in arrears.
It's not clear when the letter was delivered but it first appeared online two days back though looking at the receipient area, it's unsigned.
Right now though, one thing on Bobi Wine's mind is his Dembe song which he says has been silently banned on all government platforms much as the regulator, Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), insists it was not banned.
"As an artiste,I used my musical talent to send out a message of peace and tolerance during this election period. It was my contribution to the peace that we all seek to maintain. Following the controversial news of banning the song, UCC came out to clear the air and denied banning it."
"However, this song has been silently but realistically banned on all state media. I was at UBC and I was told straight that following a meeting, it was resolved that the Dembe song will not air. Many people call on request hours to ask for the song but it's never played. Some programmes Directors of radio and TV stations have told me that they received calls ordering them not to play the song."
"Now my question is, are the authorities promoting peace and tolerance or are they enemies of peace and tolerance?" Bobi Wine concluded.
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