A warrant of arrést has been issued against two directors of Purma Holdings limited for failing to appear in court and answer charges of unpaid taxes amounting to Ksh2.2 billion.
Chief Magistrate of the anti-graft Court Felix Mutinda Kombo issued the warrants of arrést against the two, Mary Wambui Mungai and Purity Njoki Mungai who failed to honor summons on the same by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
Ms Wambui is a member of the Friends of Jubilee Foundation lobby which raised millions of shillings for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign in 2017 in two hours.
The two 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.
The court was informed 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, Ms Wambui informed the court that she was admitted in hospital on December 29, 2021. However, no medical records were provided in support of the allégation.
The court observed that it was clear the summons were properly served upon the accused and neglected to honor them. The court also 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 Ksh2.2 billion unpaid taxes emanate from State tenders in agencies like the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) and the Department of Defence.
KRA has already sealed airports and border points in search of the two, who are feared to be a flight risk.
The case will be mentioned on December 14, 2021, or the earliest the accused will be arrésted and presented before court.