Hassan Joho under siege, KRA targets bank accounts

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ODM deputy leader Hassan Joho. PHOTO: KEVIN ODIT/NMG

Embattled Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader Hassan Joho, now says the government is scheming to sabotage him financially following revelations that the taxman made a directive touching on his financial transactions.

Just recently, while addressing a crowd in Lamu, the Mombasa Governor dared President Uhuru Kenyatta to take all the money in his accounts if he so fancies.

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Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. PHOTO: NAIROBIWIRE

“Nakwambia mheshimiwa Uhuru nina account tatu – Barclays, Stanbic na Diamond Trust. Nakupa ruhusa kuanzia leo, kuchukua hizo pesa mpaka ndururu. Msimamo wangu hautabadilika leo wala kesho,” he said.

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Meaning: (“President Uhuru, I have three accounts in Barclays, Stanbic and Diamond Trust banks. I’m giving you permission to raid the accounts and take the cash you find there, up to the last cent. My stand on issues will never change.”)

Joho was speaking at a rally in Lamu, after touring Mokowe, Mkunumbi, Witu and finally Mkunumbi Square on Saturday, March 18.

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On the said day, the Governor’s entourage met a rowdy crowd in Mpeketoni and was forced to cut short his trip in the area, after youths threw stones and mangoes at them, accusing him of disrespecting the Head of State.

On Sunday, March 19, Joho’s office released a document allegedly issued by a KRA officer named Justus Kiuvu, sent to Diamond Trust Bank asking it to provide the Governor’s transactions dating back to 2011.

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KRA letter targeting Joho.

“The documents required are from the period January 2011 to date. And they should be furnished both in soft and hard copies,” instructed Kiuvu in the letter.

The taxman made it clear that the matter should be treated as urgent by the bank.

The letter that dates March 14, said the information was being sought according to Section 59 (1) of the tax procedures Act 2015.