Former Pearl Petroleum Proprietor Loses House Over Tax Evasion
News reaching our desk indicates that Robert K Sengooba, a former pearl petrol stations’ owner has lost the case which he was battling out with Uganda Revenue Authority over tax evasion. The case was before commercial court in Nakawa.
It is reported that the business mogul evaded taxes for his 7 pearl petrol stations since October 2011 and the debt had accumulated to $5m.
He later escaped from the country after URA’s anti-smuggling unit attached his picture, names and address on police red notice, ‘wanted person’. It is alleged that he flee the country via Entebbe International Airport with the ‘help’ of his uncle who was then one of top security bosses.
According to Abudu-Sallam Waiswa, URA debt collection manager, the authority declared him bankrupt, frozen all his commercial accounts, and seized his posh residential home as a way of getting back the indebted money.
The residential home that is located on plot No.231 Nsaro-road Old Kampala is therefore to be auctioned in order to raise the $5m since he has not paid the money.
It is however alleged that his lawyer Patricia Kimera was arrested by Old Kampala Police and taken to unknown destination following defamatory statements she made against top government shots after losing the case.
Sengooba, 31, was also battling charges in connection to importing smuggled and substandard fuel into the country from Mombasa contrary to section 200 (d) 111 of the EACCMA.
It should be noted that the same Sengooba first appeared in various tabloids in 2011 after he was accused of sodomy and sodomising some of his male and female workers employees.