By KBC Reporters
Two men have been charged with importation of vehicles without paying relevant duty amounting to 5 million shillings.
The two, Elija Ojuma Girimani and George Onyango Opanga, also face charges of giving false declarations to the Kenya Revenue Authority about several vehicles.
They denied 11 tax evasion counts and have been remanded for five days pending completion of investigations.
The two have been accused of among others giving false declarations to KRA to procure various motor vehicles, procuring motor vehicles which have not been paid for import duty totaling 5 million shillings and conspiracy to contravene provisions of East Africa Community customs.
The key suspect, who was arrested at Malaba on Sunday with an accomplice, is believed to have been attempting to leave the country to evade arrest.
Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and KRA sleuths have been on the suspect’s trail in connection with the ongoing investigation into the irregular importation and registration of 121 vehicles whose registration was cancelled last week.
As part of the ongoing crackdown, more vehicles have been impounded within Nairobi, including a high value Land Rover, intercepted on Thursday and currently detained at KRA’s Embakasi yard.
KRA says more arrests and prosecutions in connection with the illegal importation and registration of motor vehicles racket would follow in the coming days.
Reports indicate more illegally registered vehicles have been nabbed in Nairobi over the last three days. In a joint public notice with the National Transport and Safety Authority published last week, KRA listed 121 vehicles whose owners were suspected to have evaded duty amounting to 500 million shillings and urged them to surrender their registration documents for cancellation.
Among the 121 vehicles include a range rover belonging to a cabinet secretary that had been registered as a truck, which has been held at the KRA’s Railways Club yard in Nairobi since June.
The tax evasion racket involves the importation of high value motor vehicles declared as personal effects and household goods.