Francis Muthaura’s term as KRA chairperson has been extended

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In Summary

• The extension is effective from October 21, and will see Muthaura serve in this position for another three years.

KRA chairman Francis Muthaura.
KRA chairman Francis Muthaura.
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Facebook post claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta has reappointed former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura as the chairman of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for a period of 3 years is TRUE.

President Uhuru Kenyatta reappoints Francis Muthaura as the chairman of KRA for the period of 3years. We salute the government for appointing this 27 year old youth leader

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The appointment was announced in Gazette Notice 9341 dated October 2, 2019, and will run for 3 years with effect from October 21, 2019.

Gazette notice of extension of Francis Muthaura's term.
Gazette notice of extension of Francis Muthaura's term.
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Muthaura was first appointed to chair the Kenya Revenue Authority on May 23, 2018 following the revocation of Dr. Edward Sambili’s appointment to the same post.

KRA Act.
KRA Act.
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Muthaura’s first appointment to this position had been challenged by activist Okiya Omtata, who alleged that the notice had been made without the president’s signature and seal, which would have made it invalid. However, the court ruled in favour of Muthaura’s appointment, having found no breach of the law as purported in Omtata’s petition.

Muthaura’s appointment as KRA chairperson is set to run until October 20, 2022.

PesaCheck has looked into the claim that the President Uhuru Kenyatta has reappointed former head of civil service Francis Muthaura to chair the Kenya Revenue Authority for a period of 3 years and finds it to be TRUE.

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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Researcher James Okong’o, was edited by PesaCheck Deputy Editor Ann Ngengere and was approved for publication by PesaCheck Managing Editor Eric Mugendi.