Museveni refunds money URA milked from Queen of Katwe


Lupita Nyongo [R] as Mutesi’s mother

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed displeasure with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for taxing a Disney production by Indian-born Hollywood filmmaker Mira Nair titled “Queen of Katwe”.

The 2016 biographical sports drama film tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, the youngest and first female Ugandan chess grandmaster.

During the 18th National Prayer Breakfast held at Hotel Africa in Kampala on Saturday, Parliament speaker Rebecca Kadaga introduced the 20-year old Phiona Mutesi to the president.

Mutesi had attended the prayer together with her mentor and guardian Robert Katende.

President Museveni appreciated Mutesi for making Uganda proud citing how her movie has attracted attention from the entire world.

He then lashed at URA over taxes imposed on the Queen of Katwe movie and promised to refund the money the tax body had collected from the film.

“These are the fruits that I have been talking about. ‘We shall know them by their fruits’” Museveni said quoting Mathew 7:16.

Museveni said due to high taxes from URA, Mira was compelled to shoot the remaining part of the movie in South Africa.

“Shame on URA! I will return to you all the money they took from you.”

The huge Hollywood production premiered a week ago at Century Cinemax in Kamwokya.

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