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KRA updates market stalls ownership in Nairobi

Move expected to seal revenue leakages.

In Summary

•The authority was last year appointed by the Nairobi County Government as its principal agent for overall revenue collection.

•Tenants should ensure they provide required details and pay their arrears by October 5, 2021 to avoid enforcement action, KRA says.

Storage stalls for traders at City Market on July 25, 2021.
Storage stalls for traders at City Market on July 25, 2021.
Image: MARGARET WANJIRU

Individuals with stalls at markets in Nairobi have two weeks to provide personal and transaction details to Kenya Revenue Authority.

This, as the KRA moves to seal revenue leakages in city markets and residential properties owned by the county government.

The authority was appointed by the Nairobi City County Government as its principal agent for overall revenue collection, in a notice dated March 6, 2020, paving way for action.

In July this year, KRA started updating tenant records for rental market stalls which includes purchase schemes.

“Notice is hereby given that the Kenya Revenue Authority in conjunction with the Nairobi City County government and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services will be undertaking an exercise to update records of all tenants of county market stalls,” the taxman said in a public notice.

It said the documentation is for the accounting of revenue arising from the stalls, as it moves to seal revenue leakages.

Operators are required to provide tenant rental card, allotment letters or lease agreements.

Other details include copies of the national identity card, KRA PIN, payment receipts for the last three months and any other documents proving tenancy.

“Tenants should ensure that they provide the above details and pay their arrears by October 5, 2021 to avoid enforcement action,” said Annastaciah Githuba, deputy commissioner, county revenue division.

Areas with a high number of stalls include Kariobangi North (696), Kiberal (678), Kenyatta (Kenyatta Golf Course ward) which has about 608 stalls and Jericho (476).

Other key locations are Shauri Moyo, Dandora, Jogoo Road, Umoja, Githurai, Kahawa West, Roysambu, Ngara and City Market.

Stalls remain key revenue source for the county government which reported a Sh9.7 billion revenue for the financial year ended June 30, 2021.

This was a Sh1.2 billion increase buoyed by the taxman's services. 

Its target was however Sh17.31 billion, with city cartels blamed for continuously denying the county government its deserved revenues.