14 February 2013

Kenya: Two KRA Officials Suspended in Logbook Scam

Nairobi — Two Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials have been suspended over the illegal issuance of 1,000 motor vehicle logbooks.

KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini says that the scandal was unearthed during a routine check up on details of one of the vehicles.

Njiraini told journalists that the logbooks could not be accounted for the months June 2011 and in January 2013, prompting an investigation.

"We suspect the logbooks have been lost and in circulation and therefore caution the public. Two staff members directly involved in the handling of logbooks in question have been suspended and ongoing investigations will establish what further action will be taken against them," he said adding that the probe will also seek to establish any omissions by other members of staff that facilitated the loss.

He has cautioned members of the public to be on the lookout for log books within serial numbers S172501- S173000 and those between S363501- S364000.

The KRA boss says that the scandal was discovered following tightened procedures regarding vehicle registration that is aimed at preventing registration of vehicles older than eight years and those meant for transit.

"There have been problems in the past when people have brought in vehicles that did not qualify as per the legal stipulations in Kenya and falsify documentations to have them registered locally; we suspect the current incident under investigation is part of this," added Njiraini saying that the Criminal Investigations Department was investigating aspects related to the scandal touching on people outside KRA.

He could not however quantify the amount of revenue lost from the scam saying that it will be determined by the investigations.

KRA announced that it will open a help desk at its Times Towers offices for inquiries by those affected in the scam.

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