GRAFT CHARGES

Multiple arrests at KRA as Haji swings into action

In Summary

• Majority of the staff are from the Domestic Taxes Department while the others are from the Customs and Border Control Department.

• The officers are both senior and middle-level management and have 'betrayed the trust' of the Kenyan public and by extension the institution of the KRA.

DPP Noordin Haji talks to journalists at Integrity centre during a past press conference.
DPP Noordin Haji talks to journalists at Integrity centre during a past press conference.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Close to 100 KRA staff have been arrested after the authority interdicted members of its staff suspected to be involved in tax evasion, sources at the DCI told the Star.

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has already directed the DCI to launch an immediate investigation of the KRA staff and their coconspirators in an operation dubbed 'Operation Linda Ushuru'.

This comes following investigations that have revealed that KRA staff are involved in activities that involve undermining the institution's mandate by abetting tax evasion and facilitating access to services through bribery and corruption.

According to the DPP, the majority of the staff are from the Domestic Taxes Department while the others are from the Customs and Border Control Department.

 

In a statement to the press, Haji stated that the officers are both of senior and middle-level management and have betrayed the trust of the Kenyan public and by extension the institution of the KRA.

“This is yet another regrettable occurrence within the public sector that calls for decisive action in order to restore sanity in the management of our revenue collection,” part of the statement read.

The DPP added that while service delivery within the KRA may be impacted, the investigations and probable prosecution of the culpable individuals is a desirable step that must be taken in order to deter such instances occurring in the future.

“I wish to reassure Kenyans that the fight against corruption in all its forms will continue unhindered and will be extended to all public entities that are charged with the management of public funds and affairs,” he said.

He however assured that the graft war will be waged within the law and the rights of all affected persons will be respected at all times.

The affected officers have been detained for questioning and statement recording.

They are expected to be arraigned in court this month.

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