Joho's Family Caught Up in Sh90 Million Debt

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho's family has been caught up

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has sought orders to compel a company owned by Joho’s family to pay Sh90 Million in tax arrears.

KRA lawyer Pius Nyaga submitted to the court that Portside Freight Terminal Ltd had not paid millions in taxes for the period between 2008 and 2012.

Nyaga further argued that failure by the freight firm to remit the taxes to KRA amounted to an offence under Section 95 of the tax Procedures Act 2015.

The case was filed by Paul Buti, acting on behalf on the Joho-owned company, and had sought to have KRA barred from sending demanding letters from its directors and shareholders.

The firm has argued that KRA did not have a basis for making the claims given that the company did not have self-assessment forms.

The Mombasa Governor’s elder brother Abubakar Joho, who is the Managing Director of the family company, has accused KRA of seeking to score political goals through the tax demands.

“It is now apparent the respondent is vigorously pursuing some undisclosed ulterior concerns of its own against the applicant which has made the bringing of this application an imperative necessity,” Abubakar noted in an affidavit.

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