A group of businessmen, mostly from the Somali community have decided to undermine the war against tax evasion.
The tax evaders, who don’t want to pay taxes on imported textile and shoes are fighting the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Intelligence and Strategic Operations (ISO) department.
According to sources, the group met Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja and “enticed” him to raise an issue in senate.
In a senate session on 18th November 2021, Sakaja is heard standing on the standing order number 47/1 to make a statement regarding the operations of ISO.
The youthful senator accuses the ISO of overstepping its mandate and withholding relevant information from other departments, thereby, inhibiting the overall functions of the KRA.
For some reason, James Mburu has been smashing tax targets due to him being the former head of ISO and using his knowledge to crack down on tax evaders.
Sources tell cnyakundi.com that the Somali businessmen are used to tax evasion by importing and underquoting the size of consignment.
This is helped by giving bribe to officials, using porous borders (Kismayu), interfering with the security systems at the ports etc.
Some KRA officials are in support of the tax evaders and are said to be behind the move to support Sakaja to raise the issues in the senate.
“Their goal is to make the department ineffective in tackling tax evasion and also relax on the staff involved in aiding tax evasion,” a source said
Narok Senator Ledama’s reference to the Sh7.6Billion lost in oversees, was making reference to the recent Pandora’s papers where prominent Kenyans were mentioned.
A senior KRA commissioner behind the evasion has been quoted by our sources as being uncomfortable with the departments work.
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