Anti-corruption Court summons Singer Chameleon over tax-related offenses

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Summoned: Singer Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleon; File Photo

Local musician and Lord Mayor Hopeful, Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleon is in trouble once again after the Anti-Corruption Court summoned him over allegations that he is in possession of an imported and undeclared vehicle.

According to the summons issued by the Chief Magistrate, Ms Pamella Ocaya Lumunu, the singer is required to appear in the Kololo-based court on July 30, 2020.

He is wanted over being in possession of uncustomed goods, (a South Sundanese car, a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 model GRJ 200). Uncustomed goods are goods that are illegally imported and are not declared to custom agents.

“Whereas your attendance is necessary to answer to the charges of being in possession of uncustomed goods, you are hereby commanded by the Uganda government to appear in the Anti-Corruption Court at Kololo on the 30th July 2020 at 9:00am,” read in part the summons of the court to the singer.

It’s alleged that on April 12 this year, the singer was found in possession of vehicle registration number SSD 499B Toyota Land Cruiser V8 model GRJ valued at Shs. 137, 350,725 by the Uganda Revenue Authority Enforcement Team, which intercepted the said vehicle.

This website ran a story of how Chameleon was intercepted by URA enforcement teams at Bulange Mengo in Kampala, and required to avail the documents regarding the legal status of his car in Uganda which he promised to avail but he has reportedly failed since.

Further, URA says the singer has not paid the import duty for his car and yet he knew that the vehicle was uncustomed.
Chameleon is also charged for failure to produce documentation when required contrary to Section 204 (b) of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

Chameleons monster vehicle – Land Cruiser V8

The vehicle:
sabasaba can reliably inform you that this monster vehicle was gifted to Chameleon by Achai Wiir, a renown South Sudanese Business woman and socialite who paid Chameleon to sing her a song titled “Achai Wiir,” and also perform at her wedding.

The vehicle is still registered in South Sudanese license plates to date. Those close to the self proclaimed music doctor say it is his most loved possession hence probably the reason why he wasn’t willing to give it over to URA.

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