Arrest warrant issued for traders in 2.2 billion shillings tax evasion case


NAIROBI, Kenya, December 6 An arrest warrant has been issued against two directors of Purma Holdings Limited for failing to appear in court and for failing to respond to charges of unpaid taxes amounting to 2.2 billion shillings.

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

Both face eight (8) counts of knowingly and unlawfully omitting taxes due in income tax returns submitted to the Internal Tax Commissioner for the period 2014-2020.

Anti-Corruption Court Chief Justice Felix Mutinda Kombo learned that the two failed to honor the summons to appear before the 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 had been admitted to hospital from December 29, 2021. However, no medical records were provided to support this allegation.

The Court observed that it was clear that the summons had been properly served on the accused and that it had neglected to honor them. No medical record has been presented as proof of medical incapacity. The court observed that it would appear that the defendants are buying time instead of facing the charges against them which the court noted to be serious and of the public interest nature.

The case will be raised on December 14, 2021 or at the earliest the accused will be arrested and brought before the court.

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