NRM boss arrested for smuggling rice


Salim Uhuru Saad the proprietor of Uhuru restaurant – that is famous for pilau rice has been arrested.

Uhuru was on Friday arrested by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for smuggling rice into the country.

According to URA officials, Uhuru who also doubles as LC 5 Councillor of Kisenyi on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket was arrested for trying to dodge import duties on the rice he had imported through Kenya.

His restaurant ranks highly among the most visited eateries particularly for its ‘pilau’ rice.

Other snacks include mandazi, chapatti and also birian—his newest dish.

The lavish outlet, located at Blue Corner, next to Nakivubo Stadium was opened by then Governor Andrew Cohen, giving it the impetus it needed to flourish.

Early last year Uhuru was quoted saying,” I import my rice from Dubai because it is cheaper and better. On the Uganda market, the supply is limited, poor quality and very expensive. I get a single kilogramme at about Shs8,00, a price that is way cheaper than Uganda’ s market prices.

Of every about 500 customers who buy pilau, where each plate costs Shs5,000, he said he makes over Shs2.5m in sales on a good day.

URA says Uhuru was trying to dodge tax dues of about 70 million shillings.

He had packed the said rice in a container and marked them as cement. The said rice was impounded at the Kenya- Uganda border of Malaba.

However, Uhuru dismissed the allegations as baseless rumors.

“If URA has evidence, let it bring forward. Without evidence, URA cannot say the rice was mine,” he said.

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