Okiya Omtatah challenges NIC-CBA tax exemption

Human rights activist Okiya Omtatah ha filled a petition to challenge the constitutional and legal validity exempting the merger of NIC and CBA from paying the share transfer tax.

Okiya Omtatah has termed the notice of motion application extremely urgent and should be granted ex-parte.

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The human rights application follows a time when the DPP Noordin Hajji is on hot pursuit of tax evaders.

Okiya Omtatah reference to tax evasion

Last week businessman Humphrey Kariuki was arrested for allegedly evading tax worth Ksh 41 billion through his company Africa Spirit.

“Petition against curious tax waiver for merged @nicbankkenya and @CBA_Group_ entity at a time the taxman is chasing Keroche Breweries & businessman Humphrey Kariuki for Sh41bn and Sh14bn tax evasion allegations, respectively.” Said Omtatah

Also read: Keroche owners Tabitha Karanja and husband freed on bail

Upon his release, Mr. Kariuki was re-arrested on grounds that he had allegedly imported illegal ethanol through the said company.

He was later released on a cash bail of Ksh 11 million pending hearing of the case on Tuesday.

In Thursday, Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja and husband Joseph Karanja was arrested at the company’s headquarter in Naivasha.

The arrest follows a warrant of arrest issued by the DPP on allegations of evading tax worth Ksh 14 billion.

A Nairobi court, however, released Tabitha and the husband on a cash bail of Ksh 10 million and 2 million respectively.

They were also issued a seven days’ notice to raise the bail amount failure to which will lead to their arrest.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi noted the health condition of Mr. Joseph Karanja thus releasing him on bail.

The case is set to be mentioned in September and in the meantime, they have been ordered to deposit their passports.

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Berryl Achieng
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