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Do Not Touch Humphrey Kariuki’s Assets, Government Warned

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The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have both been ordered to keep their hands off billionaire Humphrey Kariuki’s assets and Companies by a court of law.

The two agencies had submitted a bid to be allowed to pursue assets and properties of alcohol manufacturer Africa Spirits Limited (ASL) and Wow Beverages Limited (WBL),  based in Thika, Kiambu County.

In August 2019, a Kiambu Court ordered the DCI to stop tracing and seizing assets of ASL and WBL or properties of Mr Kariuki or companies and his business associates, an order which Cecil Miller, the tycoons lawyer says was disobeyed.

Milimani senior principal magistrate Elector Riany while delivering the ruling sided with the High Court’s earlier decision to stop the defendants (DCI, DPP and Kenya Revenue Authority) from attaching the Kariuki’s assets.

Humphrey Kariuki who is facing a Sh41 billion tax evasion case. Justice Luka Kimaru had earlier stated that the DCI was barred from pursuing  the tax related investigations in ASL and WBL.

As part of their investigations, the DCI through the DPP had applied to trace and seize assets belonging to WOW, ASL and companies and persons affiliated to Mr Kariuki alleging huge sums of money were about to be moved through the companies bank accounts.

The magistrate further allowed the application by Miller for the two companies on August 13, 2019 to set aside the orders initially obtained by the DPP to freeze bank accounts held in Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and the National Bank of Kenya (NBK).

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