Fugitive billionaire Mary Wambui Mungai has been hiding at the Weston Hotel which is owned by the deputy president William Ruto. It is at this hotel that she escaped a police dragnet on Wednesday night.
According to the Kenya Revenue Authority, Wambui and her daughter Purity Njoki Mungai escape 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 said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear who may have tipped the wanted duo, with blame game between KRA officials and officers from the Rapid Deployment Unit.
Mary Wambui Mungai is wanted over a Sh. 2.2 billion tax demand by the KRA. 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.
In a border point alert, the KRA has instructed that Ms. Wambui be prevented from exiting Kenya through all border points including the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is after she missed a court hearing in which she was expected to answer to charges of failing to remit taxes for the deals she took from the Jubilee government between 2014 and 2020.
She is a member of the Friends of Jubilee Foundation, a lobby which raised millions of shillings for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign in 2017 in a record two hours.
The taxman is pursuing Wambui over alleged unpaid taxes for the billions of shillings earned from government tenders for supplying boots, uniforms and cereals to the military, among other State departments. The charges include the non-payment of Sh. 2.2 billion and failure to submit tax returns for 2018 and 2019