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KRA now directs freeze of Joho’s bank accounts

The Kenya Revenue Authority has directed a local bank to freeze Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s six bank accounts.

In a letter dated March 20th, 2017, the authority’s commissioner in charge of investigations and enforcement directed CFC Stanbic Bank Limited to freeze the accounts for ten days or until the High Court makes a determination of the order.

“In the exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Section 43(2) of the Tax Procedures Act, 2015, I hereby require you to preserve such money in the below mentioned accounts and to ensure that such money is not transferred, withdrawn, disposed off or otherwise dealt with without the written authority of the commissioner,” said KRA officer Justus Kiuvu.

Two of the accounts showed that it had funds in US dollars while the remaining four have funds held in Kenya shillings.

The letter from Kenya Revenue Authority for the free of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho's bank accounts. PHOTO | COURTESY
The letter from Kenya Revenue Authority for the free of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s bank accounts. PHOTO | COURTESY

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This come just days after the tax man wrote to Diamond Trust Bank asking for information about Joho’s bank account details.

In the letter dated March 14, KRA wanted to know Mr Joho’s bank details dating back to January 2011.

Governor Joho on Friday 17th, said he had received a call from one of his banks claiming to have received a letter from KRA asking them 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.