15 May 2019

Kenya: KRA Staff Go Into Hiding as EACC Intensifies Crackdown

Detectives have launched a manhunt for over 20 Kenya Revenue Authority staff in Mombasa who went into hiding soon after their colleagues were arrested in offices on Monday.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives raided the KRA Mombasa offices on Tuesday for further investigation on tax evasion.

A number of staff attached to KRA Nyeri offices and various border points have also not reported to work in order to avoid possible arrests.

Nairobi News has established that detectives are conducting raids in homes of KRA Mombasa staff.

A detective privy to the investigation said the hiding staff may be charged with an extra count in court unlike their counterparts who accepted to be arrested.

"Currently various raids are being conducted in houses that detectives believe belong to the suspects," said the source, adding that the raids had been carried on in Nyali and Bamburi estates.

A total of 100 KRA staff are being investigated for various offences. Others have been arraigned in court.

On Friday, KRA said that it had interdicted 75 employees.

On Tuesday, KRA board chair Francis Muthaura said that they fully supported the raids and arrests.

He also expressed confidence in KRA boss John Njiriaini.

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