Raila’s Luxury Car on Probe
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s luxury vehicle is among 18 top-of-the-range cars impounded by detectives over fraudulent registration claims.
The Range Rover registration KCS 002D has been seized as Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) intensifies crackdown on 444 cars that authorities say have either not been paid for duty or were stolen.
A search at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) for registration particulars of the vehicle did not yield any results as the DCI boss George Kinoti-led team seeks answers on its ownership. It is not clear if the car is owned by Raila or is among a pool of cars that his supporters often provide for his use during campaigns with detectives expected to unravel the riddle.
Other than Raila’s car, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s Range Rover that was flagged by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in 2016 is also being sought. High end vehicles linked to three Jubilee MPs, Maoka Maore of Igembe North, Mathias Robi of Kuria West and George Theuri of Embakasi West,Maore is listed as owner of KBL 088N (Range Rover), Theuri’s is a Mercedes Benz registration KCR 565W and a Toyota KCG 800J registered in the name of Robi.
Kirinyaga Woman Rep Purity Ngirici’s husband, Peter Ngirici, has a Range Rover registration number KCC 241P, which coincidentally is also indicated as having an alternative number of GKA702.
The vehicles also include a Range Rover owned by Starehe parliamentary loser Steve Mbogo that was found to be using registration details KCL 830A that are also shared by a Probox.
Former West Mugirango MP James Gesami, who lost in Nyamira gubernatorial seat, in the last polls has Toyota Premium KBE 365T under his name on the wanted list some of the vehicles are said to be entering the country as transit to neighbouring countries but end up in Nairobi and other towns thereby denying the taxman millions in unpaid duty.
KRA has of late intensified crackdown on tax evaders who include businessman, governors and firms that were initially considered untouchable.
By Macharia Beatrice