15 May 2019

Kenya: 18 More KRA Staff Due in Court for Aiding Tax Evasion

Nairobi — Eighteen more Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) staff were due in court on Wednesday as the probe into claims of abetting tax evasion progresses.

Police stated that they will be seeking for more time to hold them as investigations into the claims continues.

They further pointed out that they are waiting for other suspects to surrender as ordered.

The employees are said to have been aiding and abetting evasion of taxes by facilitating irregular clearance of cargo and executing fraudulent amendments of tax returns.

Last week, 41 suspects who were part of 75 officials interdicted by the Kenya Revenue Authority for being part of the tax evasion racket were also arrested.

Detectives have recovered phones and other electronic gadgets the 41 used to commit fraud and theft saying they will be subjected to forensic analysis.

The seventy-five employees are said to have been aiding and abetting evasion of taxes by facilitating irregular clearance of cargo and executing fraudulent amendments of tax returns.

Among those interdicted are sixty-one officers from the Domestic Taxes Department, the other fourteen being officials attached to the Customs and Border Control Department.

KRA said it had since established an Intelligence and Strategic Operations Department with the sole mandate of combating tax evasion through promotion of ethics within the organization.

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