TO APPEAR ON WEDNESDAY BEFORE DCI

DCI summons Kananu, county finance officials in tax row case

Case currently being probed relating to withholding tax and PAYE.

In Summary

• DCI investigating a case involving the failure to remit income tax, withholding tax and PAYE contrary to section 97 of the Tax Procedure Act.

• DCI notes that they have reasons to believe that the three officials are either connected with the said offence or have useful information that may assist in investigations.

Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu on January 18, 2021.
Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu on January 18, 2021.
Image: EZEKIEL AMINGA

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has summoned Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu and two county finance officials over failure to remit income tax.

DCI officer-in-charge of KRA Unit Purity Nkiiri in the summon letter highlights that the office is investigating a case involving the failure to remit income tax, withholding tax and PAYE contrary to Section 97 of the Tax Procedure Act.

Nkiiri notes that she has reasons to believe that the three are either connected with the said offence or have useful information that may assist in investigations.

"In the exercise of the powers conferred to me under the provision of Section 52 (1) of the National Police Act of 2011, I do hereby summon you to appear before me," reads the letter in part addressed to Kananu.

A similar letter was also addressed to County Finance Executive Allan Igambi and the Chief Officer for Finance Halkano Waqo.

The three are expected to appear before Nkiiri on Wednesday, October 27 at 10:00 am, at the CBC building on October 27, 2021.

The three risk being persecuted if they fail to honour the summons.

" Please note that failure to honour this summon will render you liable to prosecution under section 52(2) of the National Police Act of 2011," reads the letter.

KRA was officially appointed the principal county revenue collector on March 16, 2020, as part of the agreement in the Deed of Transfer of functions of the county to the National Government.

The taxman was tasked with improving the county revenue collection.

Since the advent of devolution, City Hall has hardly collected Sh10 billion annually.

KRA took over from JamboPay, which City Hall had contracted in 2014 to collect revenue.

Edited by D Tarus