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Man arrested over Ksh2 million bribe to fix tax arrears

A Kenya Revenue Authority agent was arrested for soliciting Ksh2 million bribe, has been arraigned before a judge after being on the run for 10 months.

Mr John Obura Dimo had improperly requested a financial advantage of Sh2 million from the complainant with the the intention that he would facilitate writing off tax arrears of Sh19,456,309 owed to KRA.

The suspect was nabbed by detectives after successfully evading the police’s dragnet since 2022 December. He was arrested by EACC detectives on Thursday in a garage in the Utawala area of Nairobi.

However, while appearing before Milimani Anti-Corruption Magistrate Kagure Nyutu, the suspect denied that on November 26, 2020, at Ruiru Mabati Factory Ltd Showroom within Kiambu County, he had requested that he be given the said amount in order to help waive the owed amount.

“The suspect has been on the run since December 2022 when the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) concurred with recommendations of EACC to prosecute him,” the commission said.

EACC said the suspect, who was out on police bail pending investigations, defied the commission’s summons to appear for plea-taking and instead disappeared in December 2022. The court released him on a bond of Sh1 million or Sh500,000 cash bail. The matter will be mentioned on October 5, 2023.

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