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“Kidero has not been paying taxes,” says KRA.

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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Tuesday obtained a court order barring the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from seizing Sh427 million in his accounts at NCBA Bank  over unpaid tax. Mr Kidero rushed to court after the KRA ordered NCBA to wire the millions to the taxman’s accounts following a High Court judgment of February 7 that found the former governor under-declared taxes .He says in court documents that the KRA wrote to the bank on February 8, demanding the Sh 427 million in the middle of an appeal over the High Court judgment .Former governor Kidero said that the tax claimed is grossly excessive and punitive and the KRA would suffer no prejudice. Justice David Majanja  granted him the temporary reprieve so that he could pursue an appeal . KRA claimed that the former governor had not paid tax of Sh427 million, in a period of five years.The authority snooped on the former governor’s bank accounts and rich list of high-end properties, gleaning information about the rental income that was flowing in his land and buildings are estimated to be worth at least Sh9 billion, according to the anti-graft agency, making him one of Kenya’s wealthiest people. He has denied the claims, maintaining that the properties are worth Sh564 million, The KRA also went for his properties – Great Rift Valley 91A and 91B which valued at Sh 50 million, a residential home in Muthaiga valued at Sh300 million, Rosslyn Estate house at Sh90 million and Vista Investment Limited, which is rented and valued at Sh65 million. Mr Kidero opposed the assessment and said his spouse, Dr Susan Mboya, had declared rental income of the same amount the KRA was demanding. His case will be heard on March 1.