A suspect, David Ogola Origa, was on 17th February, 2022 arraigned at the Milimani Law courts and charged with the offence of forgery of a KRA VIP sticker.
KRA County Revenue Officers while conducting normal operations within the Nairobi Central Business District encountered a motor vehicle that had been affixed with a VIP parking sticker on the windscreen and for which parking fees had not been paid. Upon verification of the sticker it was established that it was fake and on inquiry, the owner of the motor vehicle identified Origa as the person who had sold the sticker to him, consequently leading to his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to the offence and was held in custody as he awaits trial.
While the Authority has embarked on investigations to identify other perpetrators of the fraudulent scheme, members of the public are notified that the annual VIP stickers for authorised vehicles are managed through the Nairobi Revenue System (NRS) parking system and a list of all vehicles that qualify for the sticker has been uploaded in the system. Members of the public are therefore advised to verify that the stickers displayed on their vehicles are valid to avoid clamping and impounding of their vehicles.
Meanwhile, Samuel Mwangi Karanja was charged before Bungoma Law Courts Principal Magistrate Honourable Stephen O. Mogute with charges of conveying uncustomed goods, being in possession of uncustomed goods and concealment of imported goods. This was after Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Customs officers at the Lwakhakha Border Point acting on intelligence intercepted motor vehicle registration number KCE 757P loaded with 30 drums of uncustomed ethanol concealed with 102 bags of oranges and 13 bags of rice husks. He pleaded not guilty and granted a bond of Kshs. 800,000 and in the alternative a surety of a similar amount.
In Naivasha Law courts, John Wainaina Ndungu and George Njahi Kimani a director and an operations manager of Mashwa Brewaries Limited were arraigned on 22nd February, 2022 to answer to charges of being in possession of excisable goods not affixed with excise stamps, being in possession of excisable goods affixed with counterfeit excise stamps, being in possession of counterfeit excise stamps and being in possession of restricted goods. The two were found with over two thousand bottles of Santanna ice vodka were found packaged and ready for the market but had not been affixed with excise stamps while sixty bottles were affixed with counterfeit excise stamps. Thirty five thousand counterfeit excise stamps and fourteen drums of ethanol were also recovered from the premises. The two suspects denied the charges and the case will be mentioned on 9th March, 2022 for pre-trial directions.
KRA encourages all taxpayers to pay their fair share of taxes and remain compliant with tax laws in order to avoid punitive enforcement measures including prosecution.
Commissioner Investigations and Enforcement