KRA signs pact to fight internal graft

November 1, 2013
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KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said the programme will seek to deter especially KRA officers from corruption deals/CFM
KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said the programme will seek to deter especially KRA officers from corruption deals/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have signed an agreement aimed at enhancing the war on graft and tax evasion in the country.

Under the agreement the two institutions plan to carry out regular testing programmes on allegations of fraudulent and unethical practices by KRA and EACC employees.

KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said the programme will seek to deter especially KRA officers from corruption deals by encouraging them to disclose and report instances when they are exposed to illegal deals.

“We will establish a mechanism for synergy in conducting investigations and prosecution of tax evasion related offences at two levels; external investigations and internal investigations targeting members of staff who collude with dishonest tax payers,” Njiraini said during the signing ceremony on Friday.

The two institutions also plan to come up with a sensitisation and awareness programme on corruption for staff and stakeholders.

The latter will involve specialized training on specific areas on tax evasion, money laundering and other financial and economic crimes.

EACC Chairman Mumo Matemu added that the two parties will collaborate and offer support in reviewing and strengthening the legal framework for anti-corruption and taxation matters.

“The purpose of the MoU is to develop and expand the scope of cooperation between KRA and EACC in combating and preventing corruption and economic crime,” he said.

He said an oversight committee will be formed immediately, comprising of top management from both parties to help in the implementation of the MOU.

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