KRA sees Ngirita sibling charged with tax evasion amounting to 20M


One of the Ngirita siblings has been charged with failure yo pay taxes amounting to Sh 20 million.

Phyllis Njeri Ngirita who trades by the name Njewanga Enterprises is accused of deliberately failing to pay corporation tax amounting to Sh 6,992,681.1 for the year 2016.

Ngirita is alleged to have committed the offence on or about 31st December 2016 jointly with others not before court.

The accused is further charged with failing to pay Sh 13,794,931 for the year 2017.

Ngirita who is charged alongside the other Ngiritas in the NYS case is further facing two charges of failing to submit tax returns for the years 2016 and 2017 by due dates.

She denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

The prosecution did not object her release on bail. However they informed the court that KRA is still investigating four other companies involved in the NYS scandal.

Ngirita who wept uncontrollably in court told the court that she does understand the charges and amounts put by KRA since she is not well educated as she only went to school up to standard seven.

“I started this business in 2002 and has never encountered such issues. KRA should do their calculations again,” the accused said.

She further requested the court to be lenient with her on grounds that she is a mother who can now not afford school fees for her youngest child who is not Kenyan and attends a high-end school.

The mother says that her child who is German, is affected by the incidents and even wants her to change child’s name from Ngirita since the child says the name is Ngirita is associated with such cases.

“It is not my fault that my child is a Ngirita and I can’t even afford to pay school fees since they have frozen my accounts and seized the motor vehicle. Now I have nothing yet I was able to educated the other children even up to the university,” she added.

The accused had made an application in June to allow her to withdraw Sh 600,000 to pay the fees as she had fallen into school fees arrears of over Sh 3.4 million.

The school allegedly charges Sh 726,600 per term for years three to eight.

The magistrate however granted her a cash bail of Sh 1 million or a bond of Sh 1 million.

The accused, her mother Lucy Wambui Ngirita and brother Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita allegedly received Sh 361 million from NYS between November 2015 and April 2018.