Court restrains KRA from seizing 12 luxury cars

The High Court has temporally restrained Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from seizing 12 high-end motor vehicles.

Nairobi, Kenya: The High Court has temporally restrained Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from seizing 12 high-end motor vehicles until Wednesday, May 25.

Justice Isaac Lenaola issued the order of injunction after the Car importers moved to court demanding that KRA be stopped from impounding their motor vehicles over outstanding taxes issue.

"The interim orders has been granted against the respondent from seizing the motor vehicles cited in this petition," said Lenaola.

Eleven motor owners sued Kenya Revenue Authority over a notice to confiscate their motor vehicles over alleged outstanding tax claims.

In their suit, ripple One Motors claimed that the actions by Kenya Revenue Authority are repressive and have continued to act discriminatory and in a partial manner singling out certain businesses and leaving out other vehicle importers.

However, Justice Isaac Lenaola directed the owners not to move their cars from the jurisdiction of the Court. The owners wanted the court to issue orders restraining KRA from taking any punitive or penal action against them.

The trader also wanted KRA stopped from impounding, seizing or confiscating any vehicle mentioned in the notice pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

They wanted the matter certified as urgent and that orders be issued to stop the seizure of their property.

In court documents they claim that the KRA notice was advertised in the local dailies on May 16 and it indicated the petitioners were to hand over ownership documents by 11 am the following day.

 The car owners' further claim that KRA infringed on their rights by failing to give them access to information with regard to the nature of the outstanding tax issues. The matter will be mentioned on May 25.