President Uhuru Kenyatta’s relentless pressure on the Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) to meet its revenue targets has led to numerous resignations.
According to sources at the KRA iTax, top and middle level staff have quit in droves. The resignations have been blamed on the pressure placed on them by their bosses to collect more revenue.
Some people have also opted to resign from KRA in an effort to escape attention from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, which has been carrying out quiet investigations on various top officials suspected of engaging in corruption.
Reports also claim that the battle to replace current KRA Commissioner General George Njiraini, which has been bubbling under the safe, has affected operations at the organization.
According to sources within KRA iTax, three commissioners are set to leave as a result of the succession battle.
The resignations have caused a ripple effect, with some officials opting not to renew their contracts once they come to an end.
At KRA, commissioners, deputy commissioners, and chief managers work under three-year contracts. The contracts are renewed individually under target regimes.
Sources blame what they term as “unrealistic targets” for the succession of resignations.
THE KRA iTax problem
Faced with heavy foreign debt repayments, President Kenyatta’s government has been applying relentless pressure on the KRA to collect more revenues.
President Kenyatta has in the past criticized the revenue collector for always failing to meet its targets.
According to an insider, revenue targets vary from department to department, and region to region. However, according to the source, the targets are mostly unrealistic because they are not based on a tried and tested scientific formula.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has also put the KRA on the spotlight for allowing counterfeit products to flood the country. As a result, the head of state appointed Wanyama Musiambo, Deputy Head of the Civil Service, to deal with the counterfeits. Mr. Kenyatta made the appointment despite pleas by Commissioner Njiraini for more time to deal with the problem.
KRA has also found itself under investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Several employees at the agency were last week charged with allowing the importation of sub-standard goods into the country.
The workers were apprehended in Mombasa, accused with scheming to release poor quality rice into the country.