City billionaire who is at loggerheads with the government over a Ksh2.2 billion tax evasion case has surrendered her firearm to the police.
Mary Wambui Mungai, who surrendered to court a week ago after being on police radar for days, reportedly handed-in her pistol, a semi-automatic CZ 75 to Runda Police Station on Wednesday, December 15.
The gun will now be handed over to the Firearms Licensing Board which had intimated that the businesswoman was illegally possessing it.An image of vehicles parked outside a police station.File
The firearms authority argued that her licence had since expired and that she needed to surrender the gun and can only be able to get it back once the licence is renewed.
According to a local media house, Wambui had mentioned that she was in the process of renewing her licence but found the board’s offices closed on the day she was to do it.
Details on the expiry of her license came into the public limelight after detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) raided her Weston Hotel room.
Upon evading police capture at the hotel, the businesswoman - who was in the company of her daughter - left behind some of their items which included bank cards, car keys and the expired firearms license.
“In the process of preparing an inventory, we came across a firearm licensing certificate issued to you by the Firearms Licensing board. The said license expired on 17/4/2020. By implication, you are illegally in possession of the firearm,” stated the detectives.
Details on whether she will be charged with illegal possession of a firearm still remain scanty with police officers handling the matter remaining non-committal over the same.
During her appearance on Friday, December 10, the agitated business woman threatened to shoot journalists who were covering the dramatic turn of events at the Milimani Law Courts.
The anti-corruption court released the billionaire and her daughter, Purity Njoki, on a Ksh25 million bail each or a bond of Ksh50 million and two sureties of Ksh25 million each.
They were also ordered to deposit their travel documents with the court.The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019Simon KiraguKenyans.co.kegun corruption illegal tax evasion
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