The taxman has been asked to demand more than Sh900 million unpaid tax that businessman Jimi Wanjigi allegedly owes the government.
In a letter received Saturday by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini, a tax lobby has attached financial documents of a company co-owned by Wanjigi and official records of the firm from the Registrar of Companies.
The Tax Justice Network Africa also issued a seven-day ultimatum to Njiraini to probe the matter, saying if he fails to act, it will sue KRA to compel it to investigate and recover any taxes owed by TYL Limited.
“Our in-depth investigations also informed us that the said company has been engaging in the business of purchasing building materials, buying shares, intercontinental transactions, provision of loans, purchase of helicopters and assorted goods,” reads the letter seen by Sunday Standard.
The letter says unpaid tax accrued between 2010 and 2011 may be as high as Sh5.4 billion. The company was registered in 2009. Wanjigi’s name has been linked to big money contracts, ranging from a new airport to the multi-billion shilling Standard Gauge Railway deal, which is said to have fueled his fallout with the Government.
In a previous interview with Sunday Standard, the first and only time that Wanjigi has publicly spoken about the railway deal, he said he had moved on.
“I do not wish to comment on the railway matters. But those who were with us from the beginning know how much work we put in and this was not what we had in mind,” Wanjigi said.
The businessman has been at the centre of bitter exchanges between Jubilee and NASA. Deputy President William Ruto has alleged that their rivals are being funded by corruption cartels. NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka admitted working with Wanjigi, but said the businessman also worked with Jubilee.