Billionaire KRA awarded trophy is wanted for tax evasion

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Billionaire Humphrey Kariuki.

The government is hunting for Humphrey Kariuki, a city tycoon for tax evasion running into billions of shillings, alleged forgery and making substandard liquor. The billionaire is reportedly hiding in one of African countries.

Kariuki’s investment came to government spotlight after a team of detectives led by Police IG Joseph Boinnet, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kebs officials discovered fake KRA stamps worth Sh21 million and ethanol worth Sh1.2 billion at his Africa Spirits Limited’s warehouse in Thika.

Africa Spirits Limited in Thika.

But this Nyeri-born billionaire the government is hunting for tax evasion owns Dalbit Petroleum oil company that KRA recognised as most diligent taxpayer in the oil sector. It distributes oil in East and Southern Africa.

In October 2018 Dalbit Petroleum was awarded the Leading Oil Importer Taxpayer trophy at the Kenya Revenue Authority 2018 distinguished Taxpayers Awards ceremony that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. It was awarded for; “Its diligence as a large taxpayer in the oil industry category”.

Dalbit Petroleum staff receiving KRA Tax Trophy from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kariuki’s Africa Spirits Limited is the manufacturer of Blue Moon, Furaha, Legend Brandy, Glen Rock, Legend Black and Gypsy spirits.

The 62-year-old reclusive billionaire has investments in Kenya, Africa and overseas. He owns the Great Lakes Africa Energy, an energy solutions provider company based in Britain.

His Janus Continental Group has interest in real estate, owning luxurious five-star Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club and The Hub Karen Mall.

The Hub Karen Mall.

He also bought Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage from American and here he takes care of orphaned, injured, neglected and abused wild animals.

He is owner of Wines of the World Beverages, the founder of Goodwood Farm, a horticultural farm in Nyaribo, Nyeri. He is said to have other smaller ventures in the city centres and other towns.

Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Today Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti wrote to 33 directors and companies, including Kariuki to appear at DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road tomorrow morning to assist in investigations.

DCI letter summoning directors of companies linked with billionaire Humphrey Kariuki.

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