Businesswoman Mary Wambui was on Thursday arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts over tax evasion charges.
After evading a police dragnet on Wednesday night, Wambui and her co-accused daughter, Purity Njoki, presented themselves before Anti-Corruption Magistrate Felix Kombo.
An arrest warrant had been issued against the two for contempt of summons by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
Wambui and Njoki are directors of Purma holdings limited which has been listed as the first accused. They are accused of evading taxes amounting to over Sh.2 billion.
“On or before June 30, 2015, in Nairobi County being a limited liability company registered as a taxpayer and its directors; knowingly and unlawfully omitted from the company’s income tax returns Ksh.2,231,789,125 an amount which should have been included in the income tax returns submitted to the commissioner for the year of income 2014,” reads the charge sheet.
They pleaded not guilty to seven counts of omitting tax returns.
Magistrate Kombo released them on Sh50 million bond with a surety of Sh25 million each or a cash bail of Sh25 million each.
The court further directed Wambui and Njoki to deposit all their travelling documents including a temporary permit for the Republic of Zambia belonging to Wambui.
“They will not travel out of Kenya. This order shall be served on the immigration department,” Kombo said.
The judge further directed that once they settle their bail, they should present themselves to DCI KRA on December 14 for internal processing.
The case will be mentioned on December 16, 2021.
Mary Wambui is a member of the Friends of Jubilee Foundation lobby which raised millions of shillings for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign in 2017 in just two hours.