Police hunt for owner of spirits factory over tax evasion

Written By: Victor Muyakane
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The government has suspended the license of Africa Spirits distillers in Thika and seized the companies servers as they investigate an incident of tax evasion running into Ksh 1.2 billion in lost revenue.

In a raid at the facility spearhead by the DCI George Kinoti, KRA Intelligence commissioner Githii Mburu and the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet recovered 21 million counterfeit excise duty stamps and close to 312,000 liters of ethanol suspected to have illegally been imported into the country.

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The police are now hunting for the owner and the top managers.

Speaking at the scene, police boss Joseph Boinett stated that the company’s license has been suspended and a show cause letter written to the organization to explain why its license should not be permanently revoked.

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DCI boss George Kinoti said the case against the company was watertight based on the evidence available.

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Africa Spirits Limited produces Blue Moon Vodka, Legend Brandy, Furaha Brandy, Glen Rock Whiskey, Furaha Gin and Gypsy King Gin.

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Africa Spirits Limited produces Blue moon Vodka, Legend Brandy, Furaha Brandy, Glen Rock Whiskey, Furaha Gin and Gypsy King Gin.

The company, which started in 2004, is part of the conglomerate Janus continental group, whose portfolio includes Wines of the World which distributes global premium alcohol brands like Jack Daniels and famous grouse, police are seeking the directors of the company terming them as criminals.

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