The cleansing of businesswoman Mary Wambui has started. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), which was pursuing her over multi-billion tax charges has moved to withdraw the charges.
This comes days after the businesswoman was appointed as the chairperson of the Communications Authority through a gazette notice that also saw the firing of Gilbert Kibe from the position.
Mary Wambui has been facing off with the taxman over a Sh. 2.2 billion tax demand. She accumulated the taxes from multi-billion deals she did with the Jubilee government.
These deals include tenders in agencies like the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) and the military.
Now, the taxman has expressed interest to the Anti-corruption court to have the matter settled out of court.
In December 2021, Wambui was reported to have been hiding at the Weston Hotel which is owned by President Ruto.
It is at this hotel that she escaped a police dragnet. According to the Kenya Revenue Authority, Wambui and her daughter Purity Njoki Mungai escaped from Weston Hotel just a few minutes before a police raid.
“Upon searching the hotel premises, KRA officers and the police found personal belongings of the two including cash, bank cards and car keys; a clear indication that the two were residing at the hotel,” KRA had said in a statement in December.
It was not immediately clear who tipped Wambui and her daughter, with KRA officials and officers from the Rapid Deployment Unit blaming each other over the failed arrest.