President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed two names for the top KRA job.
Members from the public have wondered why the head of state opted for two Luo and 3 Kikuyus for the KRA commissioner general job to replace John Njiraini whose term is coming to end soon.
The finalists include the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) national chairman Julius Mwatu, KRA Commissioner for Intelligence and Strategic Operations, Githii Mburu, former KPMG partner Richard Boro Ndung’u, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators Duncan Otieno Onduru, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regional advisor in charge of East and Central Africa on tax matters Andrew Kazora Okello.
Mburu is the KRA Intelligence and Strategic Operations Commissioner while Okello is a regional advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“The applications were scrutinized for conformity with the requirements published in media advertisements following which the KRA Board approved 5 candidates for attendance of final interviews,” a notice in the local daily reads.
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The KRA top post was advertised on April 24 as the current officeholder John Njiraini is expected to exit in June.
Last year, the KRA Board extended his tenure by one year following a Presidential directive.
Mr. Njiraini’s looming exit in June has triggered a fierce behind-the-scenes succession race for one of Kenya’s most coveted public offices.
The KRA board had enlisted the services of consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to recruit Mr. Njiraini’s replacement.
Njiraini’s successor is being sought at a time the agency is under pressure from the executive to collect additional revenue.
KRA has perennially missed its targets and faces the colossal task of raising enough revenue to finance the government’s Sh2.9 trillion budget.
The new team is expected to help the taxman grow collections to Sh1.997 trillion in the year starting July and Sh2.298 trillion in the 2020-21 fiscal year under its corporate plan launched in January.
Mr. Njiraini’s departure will end a seven-year stint at the Times Tower corner office. He was appointed to lead KRA in 2012 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was then Minister of Finance.