Businesswoman Mary Wambui, daughter to be charged afresh in Sh 2 billion tax case

Businesswoman Mary Wambui Mungai (right) and daughter Purity Njoki Mungai before anti-corruption court at a past date. Photo/Suek

Controversial business woman Mary Wambui and her daughter Purity Njoki Mungai will be charged afresh in the Sh 2 billion tax case.

This is after the prosecution amended the  charge sheet and served it upon the defence.

Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Felix Kombo directed that the accused persons plead to the charges on the amended charge sheet on 2nd March 2022.

The accused persons through lawyer Nelson Havi, filed a motion seeking to have the cash bail of the accused persons substituted with bond.

The application will be heard ex-parte on 2nd March 2022.

The second accused person also redeposited her passport in court after requesting it to travel.

Wambui, her daughter and their company Purma Holdings Limited are accused that between 30th 2015 and 20th April 2020 in Nairobi County, being a limited company and directors, knowingly and unlawfully failed to pay income tax of Sh 1,626,136,582‬ payable to the commissioner of tax.

The court further heard that on or before 30th June 2019 in Nairobi, being a limited company and its directors, knowingly and unlawfully failed to pay income tax of Sh 996,272,441, an amount which should have been included in the income tax returns submitted to the commissioner for the year of income 2018.

The duo is facing several other tax related offences including failing to pay VAT amounting Sh 562,006,220.