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DPP’s Office on the Spot over Alleged Claims of Forgery

DPP Noordin Haji
DPP Noordin Haji

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), is facing serious accusations from Wow Beverages Limited.

Wow Beverages Limited is a company owned by billionaire businessman Humphrey Kariuki who has been on the receiving from the DPP’s office over alleged Sh41b tax evasion.

The company has kicked a storm within the office of DPP over claims of forgery.

Wow company Lawyer Benjamin Musyoki laid a complaint to the Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, claiming that the DPP forged a court order to stop the company from operating its accounts and used fake documents to bring up charges of tax evasion amounting to Sh41b.

The lawyer further pointed out that when the court ordered the company on Monday to deposit a cash bail of Sh20M, they could not access their bank account since the DPP had issued a directive to the bank managers not to authorize any transactions.

“The DPP deliberately forged the order in retaliation after the court dismissed his application. It was done in bad faith and secretly to defeat the course of justice after realizing they have nothing to support the charges,” he stated.

Previously DPP Haji made an application to the court to freeze the tycoon’s bank accounts and other properties. However, the court suspended the order to freeze his accounts.

Businessman Humprey Kariuki in the dock at Milimani court 

Milimani Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe also directed the police not to attach the aircraft, ships, 45 cars, movable and immovable properties of Mr. Kariuki and his two companies – African Spirits Limited (ASL) and Wow Beverages Limited (WBL).

Lawyer Benjamin also accused the DPP of bringing up the charges despite being aware that the firm had complied with all tax obligations and even supplied the Kenya Revenue Authority with a tax compliance certificate when investigators requested the information.

Magistrate Andayi, however, stated that the issues raised by the company were so crucial and directed that they make a formal application to allow the DPP to make a response.

However, the Nairobi businessman came out and addressed that the allegations leveled against him were untrue, without merit, fabricated” and intended to tarnish his name.

“I am a law-abiding citizen who believes in the rule of law. The allegations leveled against me are untrue, without merit, fabricated and intended to use the judicial process to tarnish my name,” stated Kariuki.

The tycoon further mentioned that neither himself nor any of his companies have an outstanding tax dispute with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

The hearing on the alleged allegations against DPP is set to commence on September 5.

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