Kenya: President Ruto Warns KRA Against Corruption As He Files Tax Returns

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

Ruto said this when he filed his annual tax returns during a visit to the KRA headquarters at Times Towers in Nairobi.

“Revenue collection is riddled with corruption and this must stop,” the president said during the visit accompanied by his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

President Ruto said that he has always endeavored to be fully tax-compliant and to remit all his taxes as the exercise is not a mere dramatization or other empty public performance.

“It is my duty and indeed the duty of every citizen of Kenya, to pay my share of taxes to enable the government to provide essential public services,” he said.

He continued by saying that even though taxes are required and unavoidable, the government must foster trust that they will be administered fairly, effectively, and efficiently, and that money will be allocated and spent in a way that is transparent, accountable, and serves the interests of everyone.

The head of state 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.