Directors of a company associated with Mandera politician charged with tax fraud

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Two directors of Microbit System Limited, a company associated with a Mandera politician have been charged over Sh 876 million tax fraud.

Ali Hassan Apei and Bashir Hassan Abbey Mamo and Microbit are accused of knowingly and unlawfully omitting from company’s returns the avove amount, an amount which they knew or ought to have known should have been included for the years of income 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The three are alleged to have committed the offence in Nairobi, jointly with others not before court.

The accused are further charged with failure to pay corporation tax of Sh 58,031,503 for 2013, Sh 131,136,768 for the year 2014, Sh 10,623,223 for the year 2015 and 28,988,711 for the year 2016 by due date.

They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

The company is alleged to have been supplying Mandera, Marsabit County and ministry of interior with food commodities in drought prone areas.

The three were released on a bond of Sh 2 million or a cash bail of 1 million each.

The court further directed that Apei who pleaded on behalf of the company should not be released until the company pays meets bond terms.