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Meet Humphrey Kariuki, The Thika Africa Spirits Billionaire owning Sh3Bn Private Jet and Sh45Bn Power plants in Mozambique and Uganda | Kenyan_Report
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Friday, August 23, 2019

    Meet Humphrey Kariuki, The Thika Africa Spirits Billionaire owning Sh3Bn Private Jet and Sh45Bn Power plants in Mozambique and Uganda

    Meet Humphrey Ndegwa Kariuki, the silent Kenyan tycoon and an elusively shrewd business man behind the Thika Based liquor manufacturing firm that has been shut down by police over tax evasion.

    In a combing operation involving the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Inspector of Police Joseph Boinnet and DCI Boss Kinoti, the Kenyan authorities last week raided Kariuki’s Africa Spirits Ltd plant based in Thika and seized ethanol, 312,000 litres of liquor and 21 million Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps that officers said were fake.

    The police are currently pursuing the Kenyan tycoon owning the firm who is reported to be on the run after KRA reported that he did not remit the excess of Sh 3 billion in taxes. Yesterday, we exclusively reported that the billionaire behind the liquor brewing plant fled to Lusaka, Zambia to evade possible arrest and prosecution.


    The raid of the Thika-based Africa spirits owned by Humphrey Kariuki’s has exposed the multi-million business empire of the Kenya’s most reclusive billionaire. Reports that the Kenyan tycoon is now under investigation for tax evasion and manufacturing substandard alcohol is not the kind of news he may wish to be associated with his vast business empire.

    From a tender age of 19 and away from the public limelight, Kariuki has quietly built a business conglomerate under the banner “Janus Continental Group.”

    According to an exclusive interview by the Forbes Magazine, Humphrey Kariuki revealed that among the top business run under Janus Continental Group include The Hub – a premier shopping mall located in the beautiful leafy suburbs of Karen in Nairobi; Africa Spirits, Kenya’s leading manufacturer of Alcoholic beverages; Dalbit Petroleum, one of the largest oil distributors in East and Southern Africa, and Great Lakes Africa Energy, a U.K-based company that is a developer and operator of power projects in Southern Africa. These businesses collectively employ more than 3,000 Kenyans and foreign nationals. Ndegwa is also the owner of the 5-star Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, and the neighboring Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage.

    Kenyan billionaire Humphrey Kariuki

    In 2017, the Kenyan billionaire Humphrey Kariuki under his Britain based firm Great Lakes Africa Energy won a Sh 40 Billion tender to build a gas power plant following a successful bid for the natural gas development projects in the Ruvuma gas basin in Mozambique. Mr Kariuki’s signed an agreement with Mozambique government to build and operate the 250-megawatt gas-powered plant in northeastern Mozambique to generate electricity using natural gas for domestic use.

    In September 2018, Dalbit Petroleum, an oil distributor owned by Humphrey Kariuki won a lucrative oil deal worth Sh800 million to supply jet fuel to United Nations’ bases in northern Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    In January 2019, The UK registered Great Lakes Africa Energy owned by Humphrey Kariuki commissioned a Sh2.5 billion solar power plant in Uganda. The Kabulasoke solar power park, located in Central Uganda, was launched in January 10th 2019 by President Yoweri Museveni and has already started feeding the country’s power grid.


    The unspoken Kenyan multi-billionaire businessman Humphrey Kariuki is also a proud owner of Bombardier Challenger 350 private Jet that he uses to fly around the world running his international businesses. Kairuki bought the Challenger 350 in its brand new status at a price of Ksh 3 Billion.
    Bomnbardier Challenger 350 belonging to Humphrey Kariuki parked at Wilson Airport, Nairobi..

    The Challenger 350 is able to fly international transatlantic routes such that Humphrey Kariuki only needs one stop at London to fly to New York from Nairobi.
    Humphrey Kariuki flying office



    The Africa spirits tax evasion scandal is not the first case entangling the business mogul into controversy questioning his source of wealth. In January 2001, Kariuki was pulled into the Charterhouse Bank scandal after the Central Bank of Kenya froze the account of a company he owned { Crucial Properties Limited } due to a large inward transfer of Sh2 billion.

    Upon being questioned by the authorities, Mr Kariuki maintained the large transfer was legitimate, saying it was part of a Sh 15 Billion package his company had negotiated with international lenders to be invested in Kenya. Mr Kairuki would however later be summoned by the Anti-Narcotics police unit to explain the source of the mysterious Sh2billion because they strongly believed it was proceeds of Drug trafficking. However, it was later on reported that Kariuki managed to withdraw up to Sh1.6 billion from the controversial account after the High court lifted the account freeze orders five months later.

    On to other controversial news, Kairuki’s name also featured on the Standard Newspaper alongside other prominent Kenyans including Joho, Mwau, Sonko, Kabogo, Wamboi, Mbugua as persons of interest in the then USA Ambassador to Kenya Raneberger’s dossier at a time when the USA enhanced fight against drug trafficking in the country.

    DCI Boss George Kinoti has expressed confidence that his team will do everything in their power to arrest Humphrey Kariuki and charge him not matter how many years he hides for endangering the lives of Kenyans and stealing from them by evading to pay taxes.

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