Wednesday, June 29, 2022

KRA staff to wear body cams to curb bribery and tax cheating

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has confirmed that their personnel will start wearing body cameras in an effort to curb bribery and tax cheating in the country.

Confirming the news was KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu who said that the technology will be used by customs, domestic tax and border control personnel who are prone to the vice.

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“Very soon we will also be ensuring our enforcement officers have body-worn cameras, like the ones you see in the US, so that any action they take is recorded and we can see it. When you put it off, we will also have to understand why you do it,” Said Mr. Mburu to Business Daily

The move by the tax man is also meant to eliminate rogue staff who facilitate the illegal entry and clearance of goods thus assisting people to fall out of the tax net causing the country losses in millions.

Mr. Mburu continued by saying some of the measures are to ensure that as a company they achieve their objective and also manage the risk in some of the zoned areas in the country.

“This is so that as you engage out there, you do not get involved in activities that will compromise our objectives. We have to employ risk management where our risks are highest, so they will be more for our officers at border points where things are moving in and out and all our custom areas,” Said Mr. Mburu

The initial roll up of the technology will be deployed at major entry points of the country that is border posts, Inland Container Deport, Mombasa Port and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where cases of tax evasion have been reported.

In the second phase, the technology will be deployed in premises fetching excise duty that is alcohol producing companies to monitor the movement of stock in real time.

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