Crime

URA summons city tycoon SK Mbuga over tax evasion

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Scandals around city tycoon Mbuga Sulaiman popularly known as SK Mbuga are far from over.

Mbuga is no stranger to a scandalous life.

Just weeks after we reported about his break up with his on-and-off longtime lover Singer Leila Kayondo, the latest we gather is that the self-claimed city businessman has been summoned by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) over tax evasion again.

According to URA, Mbuga is expected to report to their offices and cooperate with investigations into his tax evasion cases.

“URA’s top commitment is to make sure everyone pays their equal share and reduce the tax burden on the few who are compliant.

We are dealing Mr. Mbuga Sulaiman to make sure he pays the rightful tax and he has been asked to report on Monday and cooperate with investigations into these cases to bring them to conclusion.

URA assures the public that it maintains zero tolerance to corruption, tax evasion and fraud. We assure the public that we shall continue to firmly deal with cases where such vices arise,” read part of the statement issued by UNRA on Sunday.

Further, the statement said: “ We have noted with concern Mr Mbuga Sulaiman’s (aka SK Mbuga)  claims that are intended to defame our staff Mr Emmanuel Lutaaya and Mr. Tukesiga Gregory as mentioned in his recording on Facebook, which he later deleted and later apologised  to URA as an institution claiming he was misled by a clearing agent.

We took this feedback seriously and these are the facts: Mr. Mbuga Sulaiman imported a Ferrari car model 2011 and declared it as a 2012 model to avoid paying 35% environmental levy. The declaration of the Ferrari car white in color was made on the basis of a 2012 model quoting a lower value of a UK made vehicle yet it is an Italian made vehicle.

This would lead to under collection of government revenue. His declaration was rightfully highlighted by our teams at the National Targeting Center (NTC) and the client was tasked to explain the inconsistencies and avail the documentation to support his declaration.

Instead of availing the required information, Mr. SK Mbuga went ranting on Facebook instead of following the appeals procedure.

It should also be noted that Mr. Mbuga has another outstanding case of Ushs 118,428,061 from a past fraudulently cleared vehicle vide entry no. C3381. He is yet to settle the taxes and offences related to the case. “

It is not the first time Mbuga is getting in trouble with URA. In 2014, Mbuga, was slapped with a travel ban over an outstanding tax obligations amounting to US$ 84,290.

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