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KRA, KPA officials charged with impropriety in the declaration of imported goods

The accused have been charged with concealing goods at a KPA shed at the Embakasi Inland Deport in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Three Kenya Ports Authority officials and one Kenya Revenue Authority official have been arraigned in court on charges of concealment and improper declaration of goods imported through the port of Mombasa.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations says that the four are charged jointly with concealing imported goods worth over Sh6 million.

According to the charge sheet, the accused – on diverse dates between 31st July and 4th August this year – concealed goods at a KPA shed at the Embakasi Inland Deport in Nairobi, with the intention of subsequently removing them without following prescribed processes.

The four include KRA’s Erick Micheni, while the others are KPA’s Tom Oyugi, Enock Omondi and William Langat.

Micheni, an ICT officer at KRA, is charged with a second count of concealing an assortment of imported goods on diverse dates over the same period.

He is also additionally charged on a third count with being in possession of counterfeit goods contrary to section 32 (A) as read with section 35 (1) of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008.

DCI and KRA say that the arrests are part of their efforts of combating tax evasion and corruption involving collusion between taxpayers and KRA staff.

In April this year, two individuals were arraigned in court over tax evasion that had resulted in approximately the loss of Sh7 billion in revenue.

The two, Kevalkumar Navin Maisura and Arti Jagdiesh Bakrania, were believed to be part of a syndicate of seven suspects to have been involved in the falsification of documents including invoices used to claim fraudulent VAT input deductions.

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