Mar 22, 2023

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Kenya tax staff to wear cameras in war on bribes

The Kenya Tax Agency (KRA) says its workers will start wearing body-worn cameras as part of a latest attempt to curb tax evasion and bribery.

The reported Business Daily The bodycams would be used by employees working in the Domestic Revenue Service, Customs and Border Control.

Some KRA employees have been accused of fraudulently declaring cargo and changing customs of tax returns to help people avoid customs payments. This has resulted in the workers amassing millions of shillings in assets, including real estate and fancy cars, which are incompatible with their wages.

“Very soon we will also ensure that our Law enforcement officers have body worn cameras like the ones you see in the US so every action they take is recorded and we can see it. If you’re putting it off, we also need to understand why you’re doing it,” KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu told Business Daily.

Camera deployment begins at high-value locations such as border crossings, the Port of Mombasa, the Inland Container Depot and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In 2019, KRA suspended dozens of workers for aiding and abetting tax evasion after four months of undercover surveillance, tracking their money and communications, resulting in g commonly referred to as wiretapping.

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