KRA could soon go after Audiphaxad Peter Omwaka alias Guardian Angel and his wife Esther Musila after concerned Kenyans reported them for tax evasion.
Guardian Angel and Musila’s woes begun on Sunday November 14th during the launch of the musician’s album ‘Victory’ at their Karen home.
The album launch was nothing short of an opulent display of wealth, and Guardian Angel confirmed it all while speaking to the press.
The gospel musician stated that he has a lot of money to the extent that he will never finish it even if he stops working.
The 32-year-old singer claimed that he is so rich and that the money that he currently has is enough to last him his entire lifetime.
“Dogo pesa itaisha kweli? Yaani leo acha nikwambie kitu na si ati kujigamba ama nini, leo nikiamua kuacha kufanya muziki ati sasa nalala naamka nakaa alafu nalala tena, yaani sitawahi maliza pesa. (Dogo will the money really run out? Today let me tell you something and it’s not as if am bragging or anything, today if I decide to stop making music and I decide to sleep and wake up and sit down and sleep again… I will never finish the money I have.)” Guardian Angel stated.
During the album launch in Karen, Angel’s 52-year-old wife was also seen splashing US dollars on him as they danced together.
Well, concerned Kenyans decided to report the two lovebirds to Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to investigate their lifestyle.
The move came after KRA announced it will go after Kenyans showing off their wealth on social media to nab tax cheats.
According to the KRA Commissioner General James Githii Mburu, the taxman will be seeking to tell if people who show off on social media pay taxes that match their lifestyles.
Speaking during an interview with a local daily, Githii said that officers from the KRA are now spending time on social media, monitoring Kenyans posting photos of luxurious cars, throwing expensive parties, living lavishly to ensure their taxes are in tandem with their image.
Those found to be in be absconding their tax obligations risk travel bans, collection of duty directly from their suppliers and bankers and prosecution.
“In the social media, we have some people posting some nice things. You would see some posting nice houses, cars, taking their families to nice places and so on. Here, we are not sleeping, when we see those, we see taxes,” Githii told a local daily. “We have our officers looking, they have gadgets. They key in very quickly (the number plate) to check. We are working exceptionally hard.”
Githii further added that the new tactic is part of a larger armory that includes spying on bank statements, import records, motor vehicle registration details, Kenya Power records, water bills and data from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCCA).
“We know you can build a house from loans. But that loan must be repaid from somewhere. We are following all those applying for meters,” he said.
The KRA boss further added that;
“We have access to IFMIS and we want to see anyone being paid by government; is he or that business paying taxes? We are also able to work with other third parties like Kenya Power,” he said, adding that he wonders if fuel guzzler owners on roads pay their taxes whenever a high end vehicle passes him.