Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Cyprian Is Nyakundi

News

Top Lawyer Tom Ojienda On The Run Over Money Laundering

Senior counsel and Law Society of Kenya representative in the Judicial Service Commission has obtained court-order barring sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and tax officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority from either arresting or questioning him unpaid taxes for 2009-16.

Ojienda was forced to obtain the orders from High Court judge Chacha Mwita after sustained pressure from the two agencies that have also been probing former Nairobi Governor and ex-Mumias CEO Evans Kidero.

Justice Mwita prohibited the two agencies from commencing any civil or criminal proceedings or harassing Ojienda in respect to the tax issue.

Ojienda risked being prosecuted for money laundering of suspected proceeds of corruption.

For decades now, Ojienda has handled almost all of Kidero’s financial dealings. Authorities have intimated that Kidero’s vast wealth, estimated at over Sh9 billion, is far beyond what he could have earned during his working career.

EACC further asserted that most of the riches were obtained through a web of fraudulent activity at Mumias Sugar and the Nairobi County Government with Ojienda providing a channel through which the money could be legitimised without payment of taxes.

Ojienda filed the case two weeks ago after it became apparent he would be apprehended by detectives as

Ojienda is seeking to temporarily stop his arrest over alleged unpaid taxes. In his submission to the court, the advocate indicated that tax collection agency is being used to foment political battles to eject him out of the JSC ahead of the JSC-LSK representative elections which are approaching.

“It is apparent the respondents are out on a malicious excursion to ‘get’ me and to ensure I am subjected to a flawed criminal process that is smeared with illegalities, bad faith, witch-hunt with the sole intention of irredeemably tainting my reputation in the eyes of the public and lawyers,” an extract from Ojienda’s court papers says.

However, the DCI, in response to Ojienda’s suit, told the court that the lawyer was being investigated over the loss of billions of shillings in public funds at Mumias Sugar Company which has been tinkering on the verge of collapse over the last few years. Kidero was CEO of the firm for almost a decade.

On its part, the KRA says it wants Prof Ojienda to settle tax arrears amounting to Sh823 million. Court papers show the KRA had two claims against Ojienda, one for Sh444 million as total tax due between 2009 and 2016; and another one amounting to Sh379 million for the period 2011 to 2016, periods through which Kidero was at the helm of Mumias and Nairobi County Government respectively.

 


Would you like to get published on this Popular Blog? You can now email Cyprian Nyakundi any breaking news, Exposes, story ideas, human interest articles or interesting videos on: [email protected] Videos and pictures can be sent to +254 710 280 973 on WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram.


Comments

comments

Click to comment

Facebook

You May Also Like

News

*Editor’s Note: This open letter to Safaricom has been published as received. No redactions have taken place to avoid legal issues pending a court...

News

This is an intervention for Victoria Rubadiri so as to help her revert back to factory settings. We notice your slow drift away into...

News

Caption : Edwin Kigen Who was Murdered in Madaraka Estate. We demand for answers from Boinnet ! Another young man may have been brutally assaulted and...

News

CAPTION: Reformed street-urchins like this lot are dominating the airwaves and being allowed to spread the disease of anti-intellectualism.  As you may have all...

Copyright © 2020 Cyprian Is Nyakundi.