31 March 2014

Kenya: Chameleone to Pay Tax Today or Lose Escalade

Photo: Jose Chameleone/Facebook
Jose Chameleone

On Friday, hours before Ugandan singer Jose Chameleone's much hyped Tubonge concert, officials from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) stormed Lugogo Cricket Oval and impounded the singer's Escalade for failure to pay taxes equivalent to Sh249,795.58.

In a letter dated March 26 fChameleone to pay tax today or lose

Escaladerom Allen Kagina, the tax body's commissioner general, Chameleone owed USh7,352,366 in back taxes. On URA's official Twitter page on Friday, they posted a tweet stating that they have impounded the Valu Valu hitmaker's posh ride and will not release it until the entire amount has been cleared.

They wrote, "We have attached Jose Chameleone's Escalade bse of failure to pay taxes worth Sh7.3m."

However, after discussions with the singer, the tax collectors had an agreement. They tweeted, "After discussions with Chameleone he has agreed to clear his tax debt on Monday. #DevelopingUgandaTogether."

One official told Ugandan press, "Chameleone has been elusive from the time of the Badilisha launch last year, so getting him at the Tubonge show was the only option left." The official added that Chameleone allowed them to take the Escalade but on condition that it was not towed. "I'm ready to pay the taxes though they have to tell me how they arrived at that figure," Chameleone told members of the fourth estate at the event's venue.

The Friday night concert sponsored by Airtel was a great success despite the taxman's raid of the star earlier on in the day. He was joined on stage by other Ugandan stars like AK47, Bobi Wine, Eddy Kenzo, and King Saha among others.

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