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DPP Noordin Haji Orders Arrest Of Africa Spirits Directors Over Tax Evasion

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DPP NOORDIN HAJI. / COURTESY

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered for the arrest and arraignment of nine directors of the Africa Spirits Ltd/ WOW Beverages Ltd to face tax evasion and money laundering charges.

In a statement, Haji said that the companies have evaded taxes amounting to Ksh41 billion between 2014 to 2019.

Among those set to be arrested include the directors of WOW Beverages Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa, Robert Thinji Murithi and Stuar Gerald Herd, the directors of Africa Spirits Ltd Peter Njenga Kuria and Geffrey Kaaria Kinoti.

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Others include the assistant production manager at Africa Beverages Ltd Sethu Prabhu, shift manager Mr Simon, tax manager for the two companies Mr Kepha Githu Gakure and a driver Mr Eric Mulwa Nzomba.

Humphrey Kariuki.. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]
The nine were busted with a trailer carrying 80 drums of uncustomed ethanol in their premises in Thika.

In addition, the multi-agency team found counterfeit excise stamps amounting to 880 reels each. Further, there were found 41,703 cartons containing 1,231,090 assorted alcoholic drinks affixed with counterfeit excise stamps.

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Further investigations revealed that the owners had tampered with the production system at the Africa Spirits Limited factory plant that led to the submission of false declarations to the Kenya Revenue Authority.

The government gets about Sh200 in tax from a litre of ethanol, the main ingredient of alcoholic beverages.

However, for every 20,000 litres of smuggled ethanol, the government loses about Ksh4 million.

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Written by Francis Muli

Follow me on Twitter @francismuli_. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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