Saturday, July 2, 2022

KRA employees to start wearing body cameras in war against bribes

The Kenya Revenue Authority employees will soon be required to wear body cameras. This is the latest effort by the taxman to curb bribing of its workers by tax cheats.

The body cameras will mostly be used by KRA employees who work in the domestic tax department and customs and border control. The use of cameras will start in high-value locations like the border points, Mombasa port, the Inland Container Depot and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

KRA says that some its workers have been helping to fraudulently clear cargo and alter tax returns to help people dodge duty payments.

“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,” KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu said.

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“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.”

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