Court summons musician-cum-politician Jose Chameleone over unpaid tax


Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 07:38 am

The Chief Magistrate at Buganda Road Magistrates’ court attached to the Anti-corruption division, Her Worship Lamunu Pamella Ocaya, has after an application by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) issued criminal summons to singer Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone to answer charges of being in possession of an uncustomed vehicle and failing to produce required relevant documents when asked to do so contrary to Section 200(d)(iii) and Section 204(b) of the East African community Customs Management Act respectively.

In a charge sheet signed by Mr Simon Peter Lwanga, a customs officer with URA, it is alleged that Chameleone who is also aspiring for the position of Kampala lord mayor, was on 12th April 2020 along Wakaliga-Bulange Mengo found in possession of an uncustomed land cruiser V8 model GRJ 200 with a Sudanese number plate.

The URA enforcement team intercepted the vehicle and asked the musician for documents regarding the legal status of the vehicle which he couldn’t produce in the moment but promised to avail later, something he didn’t do.

The team was able to discover that import duty valued at 137, 350, 725 Shillings (Uganda shillings one hundred thirty seven million three hundred fifty thousand seven hundred twenty five only) in respect to the vehicle has not been paid and that Chameleon knew or should have known that the vehicle was uncustomed.


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The Chief Magistrate summoned the Baliwa hit maker to appear in the Anti-corruption court at Kololo in Kampala on the 30th day of July 2020 at 9am or so soon thereafter for hearing of the case against him.

A person found in possession of uncustomed goods is liable if convicted to imprisonment for a jail term not exceeding five years or to a fine equal to fifty percent of the dutiable value of the goods involved or both.

Likewise, Section 204(b) criminalises failure or refusal to perform an act when required to do so.

The East African Community customs management Act was assented to on 31st December and commenced on 1st January 2005 with the objective of making provisions for the management and administration of customs and for related matters.

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