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Kenya’s former Revenue body manager Gikonyo, wife arrested for evading Ksh.38M in taxes

Kenya’s former Revenue body manager Gikonyo

NAIROBI-(MaraviPost)-Kenya’s Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested Joseph Chege Gikonyo, Kenya’s Revenue Authority (KRA) former manager and his wife Lucy Kangai Stephen for failing to remit taxes and taxes of Giche Limited-a company that they co-own.

Reports by Citizen Digital indicated that the duo accumulated unexplained assets amounting to Ksh.597,457,059 in years between 2010 and 2015 when Gikonyo was earning about Ksh.119,000 monthly salary and failed to remit taxes totaling to Ksh.38,692,694 during the period.

Gikonyo had been on duty until October 2016 and he was suspended following allegations of tax evasion and conflict of interests.

A civil suit (ACEC No.14 of 2018 EACC-v- Joseph Chege Gikonyo and 2 others) was filed at the EACC’s economic crimes division.

DPP granted permission to arrest the two upon of the investigations and they will be prosecuted on charges of tax evasion contrary to section 45 (1) as read with section 48 of the anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Acts No.3 of 2003.

The couple is expected to be arraigned in court to take plea on Tuesday June 30.

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