Kenya Revenue Authority boss Joseph Chege Gikonyo and his wife Lucy Kangai Stephen were on Monday 29 June 2020 arrested by detectives from Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) after they failed to explain the source of their mysterious Ksh. 597 million.
In a statement, the EACC stated that it had been conducting investigations into the allegations of possession of unexplained wealth by the couple and fraudulent failure to pay taxes together with their company Giche Company.
“The Commission established that between the year 2010 to 2015, Joseph Chege Gikonyo and Lucy Kangai Stephen both Directors of Giche Limited accumulated unexplained assets amounting to Ksh. 597, 457,059,” read part of the statement.
“Subsequently pursuant to section 55(2) of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act No.2 of 2003 a Civil Suit (ACEC No. 14 out of 2018 EACC –v- Joseph Chege Gikonyo & 2 others) were filed at the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court for forfeiture of the assets,” it continued.
The Commission revealed that it further established the couple failed to pay taxes amounting to Ksh. 38,692,694 million for their company despite it being a Limited Liability Company and registered under the laws of Kenya. The amount was the company’s tax due and accrued expenses.
The Commission revealed that upon the completion of the investigations, the file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
Upon review, the ODPP granted consent to arrest and arraign the couple before Court. The couple will be arraigned in Court on 30 June to take a plea.
It is reported that last year, Joseph had registered properties in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilifi, and other counties totaling to Ksh. 335 million despite earning Ksh. 119,000 a month.
Joseph had been working with KRA since 1998 and the EACC questioned his wealth when he allegedly only managed to amass a total of Ksh. 45 million in salaries and fro his tea farming since he became a public servant.
In 2018, Joseph had released a statement after a local publication questioned his vast wealth a on a Ksh. 100,000 basic salary. He argued that his property was cannot be attributed to corruption as he had explained his source of wealth to the EACC.