KRA, DCI intensify search for Directors of Purma Holdings Limited over Kshs. 2.2 billion tax evasion court case

PRESS RELEASE 09/12/2021

Officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and DCI unit at KRA are following crucial leads on how the two directors of Purma Holdings Limited being sought over Kshs. 2.2 billion tax evasion court case, yesterday evening escaped police arrests at a local city 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.

A warrant of arrest was issued for the two on 6th December, 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 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 a city hospital from 29th December, 2021. However, no medical records or disclosure of illness or hospitalization have soo far been made.

On 8th December, the court declined to lift the warrant of arrest issued against the two directors. The two directors through their lawyer, had urged the court to lift the warrant because Ms. Mary Mungai was on bed rest on the advice of doctors at Kiambu Level Five Hospital and her Ms. Purity Mungai who is also her daughter, was her caregiver.

The case will be mentioned on 14th December, 2021 or the earliest the accused are arrested.

 

Commissioner-Investigations & Enforcement

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