Tax

Meru based lawyer in court for tax evasion

Gituma Kioga, a lawyer based in Meru, has been charged at Nyeri Law Courts with tax evasion.

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Mathias Okuche on October 12, 2019, the lawyer was charged with two counts of tax related evasion.

In the first count, the accused is charged with diverting a vehicle that was on transit to Uganda. The vehicle is reportedly worth Ksh 1.5 Million.

In the second count, the accused is facing a charge of interfering with the registration systems of the Kenya Revenye Authority (KRA) in regard to the same vehicle.

Through his lawyer, Douglas Obwongi, the accused requested to be released on reasonable bail terms. Obwongi asserted that the accused was not a flight risk as he was an officer of the court. Moreover, the accused position was that he ready to comply with all bail conditions.

“As a counsel practicing in Meru, the accused is ready and willing to appear in court as and when required,”Obwongi said. 

However, KRA through its lawyer Ing’ahizu Doris opposed the bail application opining that the offence was not only serious but also a matter of public interest.

“The matter involves tax evasion by the accused who should not have released the vehicle without payment of custom duties,”she said.

Nonetheless, the accused was released on Ksh. 100,000 cash bail or alternatively Ksh. 200,000 bond.

The case will be mentioned on October 24, 2019 where pursuant to Article 50 of the Constitution the accused is expected to have been furnished with the charge sheet and all evidence that the prosecution intends to rely on.


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