ODM officials have faulted The Standard Newspaper Wednesday’s headline story that claimed the party leader, Raila Odinga, and four MPs are wanted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in a car tax probe.
According to The Standard, Raila’s Range Rover registration KCS 002D was among 18 top-of-range cars impounded by detectives over fraudulent registration claims.
The Standard, however, noted that it was not clear if the car was owned by Raila or is among a pool of cars that his “supporters often provide for his use during campaigns”.
The publication said detectives will unravel the riddle.
In a rejoinder, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna tweeted: “You say it’s not clear it’s his car…Then in the very next paragraph you call it his car!! This is absolute rubbish journalism. Headline hunting at its best”.
You say it’s not clear it’s his car… Then in the very next paragraph you call it his car!! This is absolute rubbish “journalism” by Geoffrey Mosoku and Cyrus Ombati of @StandardKenya. Headline hunting at its best.
— Edwin Sifuna (@edwinsifuna) October 9, 2019
ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale blamed the publication for inaccuracy and accused the journalists behind the story of incompetence.
Other than Raila’s car, the Standard also claimed Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s Range Rover was also being sought.
Also being sought, according to the publication, are high-end vehicles linked to three Jubilee MPs, Igembe North’s Maoka Maore (Range Rover KBL 088N), Kuria West’s Mathias Robi (KCR 565W) and Embakasi West’s George Theuri (Toyota KCG 800J).
Also on the list are former West Mugirango MP James Gesami (Toyota Premio KBE 365T) and former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga (Toyota Land Cruiser KBZ 333Q).
The Kenya Revenue Authority has intensified efforts to nab vehicles that were wrongly declared during shipment for tax evasion reasons.
In 2016, the tax collector nabbed 124 high-end vehicles with unpaid taxes worth Ksh300 million.