CS Wamalwa’s Ranger Rover was stolen from UK, court told
Interpol makes revelation after investigations. Milimani senior principal magistrate Mutuku directs the vehicle be taken back to the UK for further investigations
A Range Rover belonging to Water CS Eugene Wamalwa was stolen from the UK, a Nairobi court heard yesterday. The vehicle was among to-ofthe-range cars confiscated by Kenya Revenue Authority officers over unpaid taxes. Wamalwa’s vehicle has a tax claim of Sh6.5 million.
A KRA prosecutor objected to Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku to an application by the CS for the vehicle to be released.
Wamalwa said he was an innocent buyer. The court heard that investigators from Interpol found out the car, reg no KCE 683H, was stolen from the UK and not legitimately imported as alleged.
Mutuku directed that the vehicle be taken back to the UK for further investigations. She also issued warrants of arrest against the owners of Heartland Ltd, Edwine Owiti and Joshua Kawawa, who have never appeared in court to plead to charges related to fraudulent importation and registration of high-end vehicles.
Last week, two agents and a KRA Customs officer denied similar charges. George Opanga, John Malogo and Elija Hamasi, alias Kev- in Hamisi, denied several charges of conspiracy to evade payment of Duty.
Opanga, a KRA employee, denied 22 counts of making false entries at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Customs warehouse for different vehicles.
The first count against the three says they conspired to evade payment of Duty, contrary to Section 203 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.
The charge sheet said on July 16, at the JKIA in Nairobi, Opanga conspired to evade payment of Sh6.5 million import duty. He was also accused of interfering with information stored in the Customs comput- erised system.
Opanga was charged with fraudulently interfering with the KRA online system to reflect that Import Duty had been paid for the vehicle.
He faces other charges involving fraudulent importation of luxury vehicles with the intention of evading taxes. Opanga is also alleged to have procured uncustomed goods. He is accused of procuring other uncustomed high-end vehicles whose combined tax value, which has not been paid, is Sh7,661,861.
Opanga was released on Sh2 million bail, while Malogo and Hamasi were released on Sh500,000 bail, pending hearing on January 23.
A Range Rover Sport for which Duty was not paid is parked outside Milimani law courts on October 18