ARE K.R.A OFFICIALS DOING ENOUGH?
The Kenya Revenue Authority is charged with the responsibility of collecting revenue on behalf of the Government and its mission is to promote compliance with Kenya’s tax, trade, and border legislation and regulation by promoting the standards set out in the Taxpayers Charter. In recent times news making headlines in our media indicates that the Kenyan taxman is losing an estimated Sh100 million every week in a tax evasion scheme involving unscrupulous importers working with corrupt customs and airport officials. Shameless importers bring in goods duty free and sell them cheaply in Eastleigh in Nairobi which has become notorious for illicit trade and huge cash transfers. One wonders what KRA is doing about these custom officers who over the years have allowed this dirty game continue while they are pressuring the poor to pay tax from their little income.
Shockingly the goods are not smuggled; they are cleared through normal channels and sent by road to Nairobi under the watch of customs officers blinded by generous bribes Goods ordered online are flown into the underutilized Eldoret International Airport and ferried to Nairobi by road. Perhaps unaware of the colossal tax losses the operation inflicts on the economy, shoppers flock to Eastleigh to order or buy various goods, attracted by the huge bargains – upwards of 100 per cent – the traders offer.
The big question is: IS THE GOVERNMENT AWARE OF WHAT THESE HABIT IS DOING TO OUR ECONOMY AND IS JOSEPH NDUATI -CHIEF INVESTIGATION OFFICER TAKING THE ISSUE CASUALLY?
ELDORET AIRPORT -CORRUPTIONS’ HOT BED.