Embakasi West MP George Theuri has distanced himself from claims of tax evasion in the importation of a luxury car he gifted his wife.
One of two salon cars recently impounded by police officers over tax evasion belongs to Theuri’s wife, Cynthia Wanjiru Gitonga. In a statement by the DCI, the confiscated vehicles had been declared as semi-trailers to evade duty.
“The vehicles were declared semi-trailers hence evaded duty through an organized scheme that claims they were manufactured at a fictitious company in Mombasa,” the DCI said.
Detectives yesterday confiscated two vehicles- one belonging to Ms. Cynthia Wanjiru Gitonga & another to Mr. John Mwangi. The vehicles were declared semi trailers hence evaded duty through an organized scheme that claims they were manufactured at a fictitious company in Mombasa. pic.twitter.com/TSDc9q2ebv — DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) March 16, 2019
The legislator bought her the Mercedes Benz GLA-200 registration KCR 565 W in 2018 as a birthday present.
Speaking to SDE on phone, he admitted that the vehicle in question is indeed his wife’s, but distanced himself from the tax evasion allegations.
“The vehicle was bought in a showroom and prior to purchasing it, a motor vehicle search revealed that everything was okay,” he said.
On March 19, the DCI confiscated two luxury vehicles at the home of a Niarobi County official over tax evasion.
According to a statement by the DCI, the two vehicles were using motorbike registration numbers.
#UPDATE| 2Vehicles-a Range Rover & Mercedes Benz-using Motorbike registration numbers(KBN 591A & KBG 330E) were recovered today from the premises of an official of the Nairobi City Council. 2other pairs of Number Plates(KCR 985U & KCR 196P) were found in the boot of the Mercedes. pic.twitter.com/PwV4nUseWe — DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) March 19, 2019