Billionaire Threatens to Shoot Journalists Outside Court

  • Businesswoman Mary Wambui (Right) and her daughter purity Njoki when they appeared before Miliamni Law Courts on December 9, 2021.
    Businesswoman Mary Wambui (Right) and her daughter purity Njoki when they appeared before Miliamni Law Courts on December 9, 2021.
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  • There was drama at the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday, December 9, after embattled billionaire businesswoman, Mary Wambui Mungai, threatened to shoot journalists recording proceedings outside the courtroom.

    The billionaire had just been released by the Anti-Corruption Court on bond after presenting herself days after running into hiding following the issuance of a warrant of arrest against her.

    Wambui and her daughter were wanted by the court for failure to appear before it in a Ksh2.2 billion tax evasion case.

    The businesswoman left the courtroom seemingly incensed and made attempts to conceal her face but the journalists could not keep their cameras off her eyes. 

    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
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    It is this persistence of the journalists to pursue her that angered her more, resorting to issuing threats in presence of five police officers who were escorting her from the courtroom.

    Although unclear, she could be heard issuing threats to the journalists but police officers moved in to restrain her.

    Her daughter followed closely after the bond was successfully processed and was forced to unstrap her scarf and cover her mother's face, before the duo was escorted by the police officers.

    Mary Wambui and her daughter, Purity Njoki, were appearing at the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court over alleged tax evasion. 

    The two surrendered at the court on December 9 upon learning that police were spiritedly pursuing them after the court issued a warrant arrest when they failed to appear voluntarily to take a plea. 

    They were charged with seven counts alongside their company, Purma Holdings, where they denied all the charges and sought to be released on bail. 

    "On or before June 30, 2015, in Nairobi County being a limited liability company registered as a taxpayer and its directors; knowingly and unlawfully omitted from the company's income tax returns Ksh2,231,789,125 an amount which should have been included in the income tax returns submitted to the commissioner for the year of income 2014," read part of the charge sheet. 

    They were released on a cash bail of Ksh25 million each after a spirited legal battle between their lawyer, Nelson Havi, and the prosecution. 

    The prosecution told the court that the two would flee the country if released on bond as they were hiding at Weston Hotel moments before surrendering.

    Havi, on the other side, argued that the two were active business owners in the country and would not abandon their activities in fear of court proceedings.

    However, their release came under strict conditions among them being surrendering their travel documents and a commitment to corporate with investigators. 

    Entrance to Weston Hotel in Nairobi.
    Entrance to Weston Hotel in Nairobi.
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