Blow to MP, his wife as court declines to stop their imminent arrest
Awendo Member of Parliament John Walter Owino, his wife and firm have suffered a major blow after the High Court declined to issue conservatory orders to prohibit their imminent arrest and prosecution over Sh 84 million tax evasion allegation.
Justice James Makau declined to grant the orders and directed the petitioners -- the MP, Beatrice Mboya and their company Gillys Security and Investigations Services limited -- to serve the KRA and DPP with their application before inter-parties hearing tomorrow.
This is after the three, through their lawyer James Orengo, petitioned the court seeking conservatory orders to prohibit her imminent arrest, charging and prosecution by the DPP.
"Gillys Security and Investigations Services Limited and Mboya are living in apprehension of imminent arrest, charge and prosecution by DPP based on the unverified and premature tax claims against them by KRA,” Mboya said.
The petitioners also argue that the tax claims against them point on non justifiable attempts to criminalise the tax dispute.
They accuse KRA for declining, refusing and neglecting to follow the statutory procedure of settling tax disputes.