KRA Boss John Njiraini Refuses to Leave Office

  • Auditor General Edward Ouko has declared that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner-General John Njiraini is in office illegally.

    According to Ouko, Njiraini was supposed to go on terminal leave from September 4, 2017.

    A government circular dated November 23, 2010 states that he should have left office last year pending his retirement.

    This requirement has not been acted upon to date, and the board did not recommend that the commissioner-general proceed on terminal leave,” the report tabled by Majority Leader Aden Duale in parliament read.

    In 2015, the board renewed Njiraini’s contract for a 3-year term, which was supposed to end on March 4, 2018, but he did not take terminal leave as required.

    An attempt by board chairman Dr Edward Sambili to have him go on leave was overturned after he was sacked alongside 4 board members by President Uhuru Kenyatta in May.

    Ouko also raised concerns over KRA’s Ksh 3.4 billion expenditure citing documentation to show that the money was used prudently.

    The work in progress of Sh3.7 billion cannot be confirmed,” the auditor general’s report noted.

    The cash that cannot be accounted for does not include Ksh 1.6 billion for one-stop border post (OSBP) works in various parts of the country.

    The tax body also failed to account for payment vouchers to support the expenditure of Ksh 777.2 million used on various projects.