Top Officials Listed As Corruption Takes Lead in KRA
Corruption has engulfed the Kenya Revenue Authority with the top officials at the front page.
Corruption has engulfed the Kenya Revenue Authority with the top officials appearing on the front page.
In a document that went viral on Twitter, under the leadership of KRA’s Commissioner General, James Mburu, fraud has widely spread with one ethnic community managing the top seats.
The document lists several corruption cases that are under investigation before the KRA board.
“For China Road and Bridge Company to have KRA’s tax demand reduced, they paid the Commissioner of Legal Affairs (Mr. Patel Mutuku) and Mashuri a total of 20 million shillings,” read the document.
“For Kenya Breweries to have KRA’s tax demand reduced from 11 billion to 3.5 billion, a total of sh50 million shillings was paid in bribes,” continued the document.
In the document, Edward Karanja, the Commissioner for Investigation and Enforcement, Commissioner of Corporate Support Services, David Kinnu, and the Commissioner-General were singled out to be living opulent lifestyles.
“Dr. Edward Karanja, the Commissioner for Investigation and Enforcement, acquired a Toyota V8, several parcels of land and a house in an upmarket address through these bribes; Commissioner of Corporate Support Services, David Kinnu is putting up a very large building in Ruiru through proceeds of bribery and the commissioner-general himself receives his bribes through donations to a church he owns along this road,” read the document.
According to the document, the majority of the senior officers have been involved in protecting companies from paying taxes denying the country the much-needed revenue.
The commissioner Revenue, Joseph Kaguru who had been demoted as a result of his involvement in the disappearance of 210 containers at the Mombasa port in 2019 had again been reinstated under unclear circumstances.
From the document, out of the 133 top positions at the KRA, 50 positions are taken by the Kikuyu community leaving behind the 41 tribes with only 83 positions to share among themselves.
The unproportioned representation displayed by the Kenya Revenue Authority went against the spirit of inclusion in terms of leadership and the rising corruption cases resulted in the emergence of discussion among the citizens.