40 Kenya revenue staff arrested; country loses $6bn to corruption yearly
A replica of Nigeria’s experience some weeks back, about 40 staff of Kenya’s revenue staff have been arrested at the weekend for various levels of corrupt practices.
The employees of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) are being accused of conspiracy in tax evasion and facilitating access to services through bribery that may have cost the country huge sums of money.
Kenya’s anti-fraud agency, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, estimates that the country loses about $6bn (£4.6bn) to corruption every year.
Runway graft in the public service remains a big headache to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second and final term in office and it is the biggest challenge to the administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta, says BBC
In what could be the biggest anti-corruption operation at a state agency, the 40 suspects were rounded up over the weekend in the capital Nairobi.
A total of 75 employees of KRA, many of them clerks and supervisors, have been interdicted for aiding individuals and companies evade paying taxes.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the suspects will be arraigned in court to face charges of corruption and abuse of office.
The magnitude of the rot at the state agency came to light after months of investigations by undercover sleuths from the investigating agency who were working as interns at KRA headquarters in Nairobi.
The raid at the revenue agency, while seen as a move in the right direction, is a mere drop in the ocean in the fight against corruption in Kenya.
Critics argue the KRA operation may not yield much as long as the anti-corruption war appears to target mainly junior staff while the big fish remain at large.