KRA tells Raila to keep politics out of tax collection measures

January 30, 2016 10:49 am
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According to KRA, Joho’s two companies, Autoport and Portside Container Freight Stations abetted in evading tax/FILE
According to KRA, Joho’s two companies, Autoport and Portside Container Freight Stations abetted in evading tax/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on Saturday vowed to continue with the crackdown on rogue container firms abetting tax evasion.

In a statement the authority said the move was intended to streamline operations of Container Freight Stations (CFS) and urged politics to be kept out of it.

“KRA reiterates its determination to firmly enforce customs regulations as part of a broader campaign to seal revenue leakages,” KRA stated.

The authority further responded to the row that ensued after it ordered for suspension of licenses of two freight companies belonging to the family of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

According to KRA, Joho’s two companies, Autoport and Portside Container Freight Stations abetted in evading tax.

“We note however that recent incidents and investigations in the progress have raised serious concerns over the likely involvement of some CFSs in actions that abet tax evasion. Such acts include facilitating the importation of contraband goods including sugar, rice, ethanol, and other highly sought after commodities,” KRA explained.

The authority explained that apart from evading taxes, such actions were also undermining national development interventions of promoting local entrepreneurship.

KRA’s response came following sentiments by CORD Leader Raila Odinga who accused the government of politically targeting Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s family business.

Odinga accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of using KRA to shut down his two freight companies after he allegedly refused to dance to the tune of joining Jubilee.

The row picked after KRA last week suspended Joho’s companies from receiving containers from Mombasa port.

State House has dismissed Odinga’s claims asking why he was quick to jump to make the allegations yet the owner of the containers, Joho had allowed KRA to do its work.

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