By Special Correspondent
Two Kenya Customs officials have been
arrested for interrogation by EACC
officials over their role in the
attempted tax evasion plan of over
300kg of gold believed to be from DRC
at the Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport in Nairobi.
At the centre of the scandal is a major
Dubai gold dealer Empress Bullion Gold
trading company and a number of
foreign nationals from Dubai, The UK
and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
The officials have been accused of
colluding with clearing and forwarding
agents and are suspected to have
received thousands of dollars to
process shipping documents without any
money going to the government.
The officials have been handed over to
the police to help unravel the
identities of all the other parties
This arrest comes in heels of an
announcement by KRA in March that it
was likely to miss it’s target for the
year ending June 30th.
In 2022, President William Ruto
challenged KRA to collect kshs 4
trillion and threatened to send top
management packing if they failed to
seal leaks in collection.
This has seen very tightened controls
by the tax masters and it’s expected
that with more than 1 million persons
added this year to the taxpayers
register the figures on taxes should