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Government closes down Joho family business despite court order

02 February 2016, 22:43

Nairobi - Police have closed down two container freight stations owned by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s family despite a court order stopping the Kenya Revenue Authority from interfering with the businesses.

The Daily Nation reported the closure Tuesday.

Port police boss Zacchaeus Ng’eno said officers had been instructed to close down the two businesses despite a court order. He did not mention who ordered the closure.

On Monday, the High Court stopped the Kenya Revenue Authority KRA from closing down the two businesses or stop the companies from conducting their operations pending the hearing and determination of the cases.

“The company (Portside Freight Terminals Limited) is allowed to challenge KRA’s decision to suspend its licence. In the meantime, a stay is granted suspending the respondent’s decision to stop the company’s operations until the suit is heard and determined,” ruled Justice PJ Otieno.

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The Standard reported that the companies, through lawyers Paul Buti and Dennis Mosota, had argued that the KRA’s decision to suspend the companies' licence was in bad faith and meant to achieve ulterior motives.

The revenue collector stopped operations at the CFSs last week, accusing them of handling smuggled goods including sugar, ethanol and rice.

Joho's family denied ownership of the goods impounded at the port last year, saying they belonged to a client.

In a statement on Saturday, KRA commissioner General John Njiraini accused the CFSs of not complying with an order to re-open and shut them once the goods were cleared. 

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