Two Kenyan Company Directors Being Sought Over Tax Evasion Escape Arrest

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Two directors of Purma Holdings Limited in Kenya being sought over more than $19 million tax evasion court case, on Wednesday evening escaped police arrest at a Nairobi hotel where they were residing.

The two, Mary Wambui Mungai & Purity Njoki Mungai, escaped from their hotel rooms a few minutes before the police and officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) arrived to arrest them.

Upon searching the hotel premises, KRA officers and the police found personal belongings of the two, including cash, bank cards and car keys; a clear indication that the two were residing at the hotel.

“Police have cordoned off the hotel as a search on the two is intensified,” said KRA.

A warrant of arrest was issued on the two on December 8, 2021, after the directors failed to appear in Anti-Corruption Court before Chief Magistrate Hon. Felix Mutinda Kombo to answer eight (8) counts of knowingly and unlawfully omitting taxes due in the income tax returns submitted to the Commissioner for Domestic Taxes for the period between 2014-2016.

The court was informed that the two failed to honour summons to appear before KRA on December 3, 2021, to inform them of the charges against them and instead sent their accountant.

Through their lawyer Sylvanus Osoro, Ms Mungai informed the court that she was admitted to the hospital on November 29, 2021.

However, no medical records or disclosure of illness or hospitalization have soo far been made.

Court agreed with the prosecution that the accused were buying time instead of confronting the charges, which the court noted are of significant public interest and grave.

“The case will be mentioned on December 14, 2021, or the earliest the accused will be arrested,” added the KRA.

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