The Kenya Revenue Authority board was on Wednesday sworn into office amid high expectation to achieve high tax targets set by President William Ruto.
Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi who presided over the inauguration of the new board members said the appointees are duty-bound to formulate measures that will protect the country’s economic stability.
Darshan Shah, Wilkister Simiyu, Fancy Too, Michael Kamau Kamiru and Samir Ibrahim were appointed on Friday to serve for a three-year term.
Speaking after their swearing, Amadi said the task at hand was challenging and that making decisions that would undoubtedly have an impact on Kenyans require sobriety, integrity, and a high level of professionalism.
Ms Amadi advised the board members to be ready for whatever challenges they might encounter as they begin their duties.
“It is a heavy responsibility, there is a lot of expectations and the whole institutions of KRA will be looking upon you to provide the guidance, to provide the directions and they will directions that will affect the whole country,” she said.
“Whatever you do have an impact on each and everyone of us in this country and so it is not a simple task but with our support as judiciary we know it shall be well.”
The chief registrar also assured the members of the board of support from the judiciary as they execute their duties.
The five were appointed under sections 6 (2) (e) of the Kenya Revenue Authority Act, as read in conjunction with section 51 (1) of the Interpretation and General Provisions Act.
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Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njunguna Ndung’u’s appointments revoked five others made by his predecessor Ukur Yatani.
The appointment of the new members came barely two months after President William Ruto appointed Anthony Mwaura, who served as the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) National Elections Board Chairperson, as the KRA Board Chairperson.
KRA is tasked with collecting money on behalf of the Kenyan government and is essential to the growth of the economy in that nation.
The new board members will make sure that revenue collection goals are reached and that the KRA continues to run smoothly and effectively.
Treasury has set President William Ruto’s first budget at Sh3.64 trillion in a bid to avert debt distress.
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