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Museveni Slams URA; Vows to Refund Taxes Collected on Queen of Katwe

President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Ms Fiona Mutesi at the Prayer Breakfast

President Yoweri Museveni has spoken out for the first time about Disney’s first movie filmed in Uganda the Queen of Katwe.

The President revealed on Saturday that he had never heard of the movie itself or the girl, approved http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php Fiona Mutesi which it portrays, information pills http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/bd.php until the movie was being premiered in the US, http://craigpatchett.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/omnisearch.php which coincided with his trip there.

The movie, which features David Oyelowo, Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o as well as Uganda’s rising star Madina Nalwanga, depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from Katwe who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

Speaking at a This Years’ National Prayer Breakfast ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, Museveni said he heard from the movie directors recently about the URA issues.

“I was told that that because of the high taxes from URA, they were compelled to shoot the remaining part of the movie in South Africa,” said the President.

“Shame on URA! I will return to you all the money that they took from you,” the president told Ms Mutesi after shaking hands with her at the podium.

Museveni noted that because of the actions of the tax body, Uganda could have dealt a heavy blow to its growing movie industry.

After this, the president instructed the Minister of State for Finance David Bahati, who is also the chair of the National Prayer Breakfast to quickly execute the pledge he made.

We were still unable to establish the exact amount of revenue that URA collected from the film as the body’s spokesperson Ms Sarah Banage wouldn’t return our request for comments.

Speaking at the event, Ms Mutesi said she was pleased to meet the Fountain of Honor, “A girl of such a humble background”

 

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