In Summary
  • The companies face imminent closure and over 3,000 workers laid off as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) moved to have the accounts preserved without any prior notification,” the firm’s lawyer Cecil Miller told Justice Jessie Lessit.

  • The companies are Wow Beverages, Dalbit Petroleum Ltd, Rhine Hart Ltd, Section Investments Ltd, Janus Continental Group Ltd, Belgravia Construction Ltd, Azalea Holdings Ltd and Kisima Management Company Ltd.

A company is seeking the unfreezing of the bank accounts of nine companies associated with billionaire businessman Humphrey Kariuki, who has been charged with evading taxes amounting to Sh 41 billion.

Africa Spirits Ltd (ASL) argues in the case filed at the Milimani High Courts that the freezing of the companies’ accounts at National Bank of Kenya and KCB threatens the jobs of more than 3,000 employees.

VIOLATION

“The companies face imminent closure and over 3,000 workers laid off as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) moved to have the accounts preserved without any prior notification,” the firm’s lawyer Cecil Miller told Justice Jessie Lessit.

The companies are Wow Beverages, Dalbit Petroleum Ltd, Rhine Hart Ltd, Section Investments Ltd, Janus Continental Group Ltd, Belgravia Construction Ltd, Azalea Holdings Ltd and Kisima Management Company Ltd.

Mr Miller told the judge that the DPP acted in bad faith because he obtained the freeze orders from the Kiambu chief magistrate’s court without disclosing that the same application had been rejected by the chief magistrate’s court in Milimani.

The court heard that the orders are illegal, incorrect and a violation of the rights of the companies that have not been charged in court.

ASL says the DPP shopped for a court that would grant the freeze and went to Kiambu on August 16 to press for the orders after being rebuffed on August 9 by a Milimani court.

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