Water CS Eugene Wamalwa’s Range Rover was Stolen in United Kingdom Says KRA

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The vehicle, which has been at the centre of a Sh6.5 Million tussle on unpaid taxes, is said to have been stolen from the United Kingdom as opposed to claims that it was legally imported. In submissions made at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday, KRA disclosed that the vehicle was on the trail of global policing organisation Interpol, which had unearthed the theft.

The tax man was appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku in a case where the CS had applied to have the car released to him promising to pay the owed millions. However, Magistrate Mutuku ordered that the high-end machine be taken back to the UK for further investigations.

At the same time, the judge issued warrants of arrests against two officials of a company accused of fraudulent registration of vehicles and evading tax. The two failed to show up in court over the case involving Wamalwa’s vehicle.

The CS has been embroiled in a legal battle after KRA impounded the Range Rover that was found to have been registered as a truck and had accumulated Sh6.5 Million in unpaid taxes.

Last week, the CS offered to pay the accrued levy to get back his vehicle which has been held since June, arguing that the registration error had been caused by erroneous KRA systems. Three people, among them a KRA customs official, have since been charged with interfering with tax systems and conspiracy to evade tax.