President Ruto warns KRA against corruption

President Ruto filing his annual tax returns at KRA offices [Photo: Citizen]

President William Ruto has warned the staff at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) against engaging in corruption.

Speaking from KRA headquarters at Times Towers in Nairobi, the Head of State noted that corruption and increased bribery claims are the main challenges facing the Kenya Revenue Authority.

“Revenue collection is riddled with corruption and this must stop.I am not threatening KRA staff but they must do better.”

“KRA must acquire a new image, so that when people come to Times Tower, they don’t come here trembling, but come happy to be served.”

The President urged the Kenya Revenue Authority administration and the national government to manage public resources with professionalism, openness, efficiency, fairness, accountability, and honesty.

“A government that seeks to mobilize tax revenues must inspire confidence that tax administration will be fair, effective, efficient and that the allocation and expenditure of the finances will be undertaken transparently and accountably in pursuit of agreed public good,” he added.

“This means that the revenue administration agency must be professional, efficient, fair, transparent, and accountable. It also means that the government is expected to be an honest and vigilant steward of public resources.”

While filing his annual tax returns, President Ruto also noted that he has always endeavored to be fully tax-compliant.

On his part, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua maintained that Kenya Revenue Authority will not be involved in the political affairs of the government.

Speaking alongside President Ruto, the DP said that the authority will be left to carry out its mandate without any interference.

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