Warrant of arrest issued against directors in Ksh.2.2 billion tax evasion

Warrant of arrest issued against directors in Ksh.2.2 billion tax evasion

A warrant of arrest has been issued against two directors of Purma Holdings limited for failing to appear in court and answer charges of unpaid taxes amounting to Ksh.2.2 billion.

The two, Mary Wambui Mungai and Purity Njoki Mungai also failed to honor summons on the same by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

“You are hereby commanded forthwith to apprehend the said Mary Wambui Mungai and bring him before this court to be further dealt with according to law,” reads the warrant of arrest.

They face eight counts of knowingly and unlawfully omitting taxes due in the income tax returns submitted to the Commissioner for Domestic Taxes for the period between 2014-2020.

Chief Magistrate Anti-Corruption Court, Felix Mutinda Kombo heard that the two failed to honor summons to appear before KRA on December 3, 2021 to be informed of the charges against them and instead sent their accountant.

Through their lawyer Sylvanus Osoro, Nyakiano informed the court that she was admitted to a hospital. However, no medical records were provided in support of the allegation.

The court observed that it was clear the summons were properly served upon the accused and neglected to honor them. No medical records were presented as evidence of medical incapacity.

The court observed that it would appear the accused persons are buying time instead of confronting the charges leveled against them which the court noted the gravity and the public interest nature.

The case will be mentioned on December 14, 2021.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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