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

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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.

/PHILIP KAMAKYA

A Range Rover Sport for which Duty was not paid is parked out­side Mil­i­mani law courts on Oc­to­ber 18

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