Controversial politician Steve Mbogo says he is unaware that the importation tax of his Range Rover of registration plate KCL 830A wasn’t paid.
Mr Mbogo’s statement comes just a day after the DCI tweeted that the Range Rover owner [in this case, Mr Mbogo] had fraudulently obtained the registration plate in a bid to evade paying excise duty.
The result of that trickery, the DCI said, was double-registration of the plate number, with the Range Rover sharing the license number with a Toyota Probox.
And now, Mr Mbogo says he bought the vehicle from a local car dealer, who had already gone through all the procedures to have the registration KCL 830A approved by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
“When you go to a bazaar and buy a vehicle that has its registration plate numbers ready, the only other thing you will be expected to do, is register it on the NTSA portal, and if it is legitimate, then there won’t be any issues registering the vehicle. I did not experience any troubles registering the car. So, if there were issues with its registration plate, NTSA should have informed me that there was another vehicle, which legitimately owned the registration plate number. That, did not happen,” Mr Mbogo told EDAILY on Saturday.
“If anything, I have been driving this vehicle for two years now, and if the [registration and security] systems were working well, then the discrepancy should have been settled a long time ago,” said Mr Mbogo.
The former Starehe parliamentary candidate said he was shocked when the DCI told him that the vehicle was under investigation on claims its owner evaded paying excise duty.
He claims he has all documents to absolve him of any suspicions.
Investigations into the alleged fraud are ongoing, with Mr Mbogo expected to report to the DCI headquarters on Monday for interrogation.