Mombasa governor Hassan Joho (in white t-shirt) and other leaders at Mokowe trading centre on March 18, 2017. PHOTO | KALOME KAZUNGUMombasa governor Hassan Joho (in white t-shirt) and other leaders at Mokowe trading centre on March 18, 2017. PHOTO | KALOME KAZUNGU
By DAVE OPIYO

The tax man has written to Diamond Trust Bank asking for information about Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho’s bank account details.

In the letter dated March 14, seen on Monday by the Daily Nation, Kenya Revenue Authority is seeking Governor Joho’s bank details dating back to January 2011.

“In accordance with powers conferred upon me (under section 59 (1) of the Tax Procedures Act, 2015) you are hereby given notice to provide bank statements, account opening documents, mandate forms and any other records for all accounts held in respect of Hassan Ali,” read the notice sent to the bank’s Legal and Compliance section.

The letter was signed by Mr Justus Kiuvu on behalf of the Investigations and Enforcement department.

“Information available in electronic form should be availed in that format over and above providing certified hard copies of the same to Times Towers, 6th floor,” added Mr Kiuvu, while asking the bank to treat the matter as urgent.

CALL FROM BANK

On Friday, Governor Joho said he had received a call from one of his banks claiming to have received a letter from KRA asking him to have his accounts investigated.

“Just recently, the President ordered officers to block me from attending the Mtongwe ferry event. He further went ahead to assure Kenyans that he will teach me a lesson. Just the other day, they tried to come up with a scandal of lost billions by the county government of Mombasa,” said the Governor in Lamu County.

“Even today, one of the banks has called me asking for permission to have my accounts investigated. I have told them there’s no need for investigations of my accounts. Instead, they can go ahead and take all the money from my three bank accounts at Stanbic, DTB and Barclays. I will never change my stand,” he went on.