KRA officers in court over tax evasion
18 February 2016, 20:51
Nairobi - Four Kenya Revenue Authority KRA officers have been arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts, in Nairobi, for aiding tax evasion.
The officers formerly attached to KRA’s Customs and Border Control division in Mombasa had been suspended following a crackdown on two Container Freight Stations earlier this month, The Daily Nation reported.
The tax collector, which has been on the spot for not nabbing illegal imports in the country, has resorted to heightening integrity within its ranks in efforts to curb the illicit imports.
KRA staffers Lilian Akoth Onyango, John Wesonga, Anthony Ochieng and David Mwongela appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo, facing a charge of making false customs transit bonds.
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According to The Star, The four denied the charges and were released on a KES 1 million bond or cash bail of 200,000 each.
The four were suspended after they were allegedly involved in aiding tax evasion at the Portside and Autoport Container Freight Stations in Mombasa.
A statement from the tax man said strategies were being implemented to seal tax evasion loopholes in the import business especially at the container depots.
“In recent weeks, KRA, has managed to swiftly plug potential revenue leakage holes in the lucrative import cargo sector with a raft of new customs procedures. The new procedures, cover the running of existing Container Freight Stations (CFS) under a more stringent and tightly controlled regime,” KRA stated.
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