The Ex-communicated former national chairman of the embattled African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) Paul Watoro Gichu is entangled in a web of tax evasion spanning for over half a decade, The Informer can reveal.
Gichu, the proprietor of tax evasive Edimor Steel Mills Limited located at Kapa in Mlolongo along Mombasa Road risks having all his bank accounts frozen by the Kenya Revenue Authority until the investigations are complete.
KRA has raised serious tax returns queries by Edimor Steel Mills Limited for a period covering 2011 to 2016 and initiated a probe into possible evasion of tax worth millions of shillings by the steel mills firm.
If found culpable, Gichu is likely to face economic crime and tax evasion charges.
The tax authority will also seek particular information from respective banks where Edimor Steel Mills Limited has accounts and from regulatory bodies and security agencies.
The flashy businessman-cum-preacher is not new to controversy since his schemes to have full control of the wealthy AIPCA church has overtime played out public through machinations to push his preferred spiritual heads against the will of AIPCA leaders and faithfuls.
He is masterminded the flawed Archbishop’s elections of Julius Njoroge against Archbishop Fredrick Wang’ombe by unleashing a financial muscle bribing a section of Bishops to take control of the church with a keen eye on the 300 title deeds owned by the church.
He is said to be financing the splinter group of the church rallying behind Njoroge.