Uhuru’s rumored choice for KRA top job lands in trouble

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The apparent frontrunner for the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) top job, James Githii Mburu has suffered a major blow as renowned activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court on Wednesday to challenge his shortlisting.

Omtatah now wants the court to issue a conservatory order suspending the shortlisting of Mburu as a candidate for appointment as the Commissioner General of KRA  pending the hearing and determination of the application.

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Mburu, who is KRA’s Commissioner of Intelligence and Strategic Operations and is said to have led investigations that saw several KRA officials arrested for aiding tax evasion, is among front runners to succeed outgoing boss John Njiraini.

According to the notice published Tuesday in local dailies by KRA, Julius Waita Mwatu, Richard Boro Ndung’u, Andrew Kazora Okello, James Githii Mburu and Duncan Otieno Onduru are the front-runners for the commissioner-general post.

In the court documents, Omtatah warns that unless the application is urgently heard and determined, the people of Kenya will suffer great loss and damage in the very likely event that the violations of rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution are not stopped.

“The court to issue a temporary order of prohibition, prohibiting KRA whether by themselves, or any of their employees or agents or any person claiming to act under their authority from proceeding to give effect, in any way whatsoever, to the decision to shortlist Mburu as a candidate for appointment as KRA Commissioner General,” said Omtatah.

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Omtatah has also sued Njiraini, KRA Board of Directors while Mburu and KRA have been listed as interested parties.

On Twitter, Kenyans have already speculated that Mburu will be appointed for the positions with the other four seen as mere ‘flower girls.’

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