[SIZE=6]KRA demands Sh225m tax arrears from Wanjigi company[/SIZE]
Businessman Jimmi Wanjigi at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi in May 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
[SIZE=4]By NATION TEAM[/SIZE]
[li]Documents in our possession indicate that in May, the taxman wrote to Jimi Wanjigi’s company Enterprise Oil demanding Sh225 million in tax arrears for the period between January 2008 and December 2012.[/li][li]The businessman appealed against the claim in a memorandum dated June 21, 2017.[/li]The Kenya Revenue Authority is now pursuing Nairobi billionaire Jimi Wanjigi over tax evasion.
Documents in our possession indicate that in May, the KRA wrote to Mr Wanjigi’s company Enterprise Oil demanding Sh225 million in tax arrears for the period between January 2008 and December 2012. The businessman appealed against the claim in a memorandum dated June 21, 2017.
The authority says Mr Wanjigi’s company “offered facilitation of awarding of contract services as well as logistical support” to Chinese companies such as Shengli Engineering and Consulting and China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Company (Catic). It says that since those services were consumed in Kenya, “VAT (value-added tax) is therefore due and payable on them”.
The billionaire, adversely mentioned in the Anglo Leasing scandals, has become the subject of discussion on the campaign trail after it emerged that he is one of the key financiers of the National Super Alliance.
This followed an exposé by the Nation on how the businessman has, for the past 10 years, manipulated politicians, first in the Jubilee administration and now in Nasa to get mega-projects worth billions of shillings.
Already, there are jitters within Nasa over a separate manifesto that contains projects which Dr David Ndii, one of the authors of the launched Nasa pledges, dismissed as the work of tenderpreneurs and people regarded as stakeholders.
“You know we have become a stakeholder society. So people call themselves stakeholders. Even tenderpreneurs are in there. In fact they are there in a big way,” Dr Ndii said of the controversial document.
The fight within Nasa and the new demands from the KRA puts Mr Wanjigi together with companies associated with him under intense pressure.
The taxman has also been making similar demands from Chinese companies, for which he acted as an agent, and are thought to have evaded paying taxes in Kenya.