Two directors of Purma Holdings Limited being sought over Ksh2.2 billion tax evasión, last evening escaped a police dragnet at a local city hotel where they were residing, possibly after a tip-off. The two – Mary Wambui Mungai and Purity Njoki Mungai – escaped from their hotel rooms a few minutes before the police and officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) arrived.
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 cordoned off the hotel as the search of the two intensified.
A warrant of arrèst was issued on the two on 8th December, 2021 after the directors failed to appear in Anti-Corrúption 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 honor summons to appear before KRA on 3rd December, 2021 to inform them of the charges against them and instead sent their accountant.
Through their lawyer Syvanus Osoro, the Ms Mungai informed the court that she was admitted in hospital from 29th November, 2021. However, no medical records or disclosure of illness or hospitalization have soo far been made.
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.
Court agreed with the prosécution that the accused were buying time instead of confronting the charges which the court noted are of great public interest. The case will be mentioned on 14th December, 2021 or the earliest the accused will be arrèsted.