Basajjabalaba Charged With Evading Tax, Forgery

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City businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba has been charged before Buganda Road Court with three counts including defeating tax laws, forging a judicial document and uttering a false document.

City businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba has been charged before Buganda Road Court with three counts including defeating tax laws, forging a judicial document and uttering a false document.
 
Basajjabalaba is jointly charged with his young brother Muzamir Basajjabalaba. They both denied the charges before Grade One Magistrate Mary Khainza, who ordered them to pay 30 million shillings each to secure their bail.
 
Their sureties who included Chris Rwakasisi, the Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs, former MP Nasser Basajjabalaba and Adrian Kyamugira, a tax consultant, were ordered to sign a court bond of one billion shillings to ensure that the accused persons return to court.
 
The court appearance today followed criminal summons issued against the two businessmen on Monday requiring them to appear and answer to the said charges.
 
Their prosecution was however, initiated by their business counterpart Bernard Kakande who managed to convince court that both police and the State are not doing much to apprehend the persons engaged in gross misappropriation of public funds.
 
Kakande says he lodged the complaint in public interest.
 
According to the charge sheet drawn by Kakande’s lawyer, Allan Mulindwa of Mulindwa and Company Advocates, Hassan and Muzamir Basajjabalaba conspired to evade payment of taxes amounting to over 20 billion shillings from an award to their family company Haba Group Uganda Limited between 2010 and 2011.
 
The two brothers are also faulted for having forged a consent judgment dated October 6, 2010 purporting that Haba Group was exempted from paying taxes from an award of 142 billion shillings by the Attorney General where as not. The controversial award was in relation to Basajjabalaba’s failure to secure tenders to manage city markets.
 
Court also heard that the duo went ahead to utter the said forged consent judgment in a High Court  case against the Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority and the Commissioner Domestic Taxes Department in the same organisation.   
 
They will return to court on February 12.