Constructions Trucks, Developers Scales up Operations of Parklands Taza Lane Multimillion Building despite Safety Concerns.

Residents of Taza lane city park drive in parklands within Nairobi county have been protesting against the ongoing Multi-million house project on the ground that they were never consulted and there is not a proper sewer line that will help protect the environment. They even went to court and addressed the same but the developer with a truck company have decided that the work must proceed despite health, approval procedures and other serious concerns. A spot check by our team revealed that a truck company is part of the mix…

Murgor on Spot over Corruption at Appellate Court

Senior Counsel Lawyer Philip Murgor is on the spot over allegations of leading a corruption network in the judiciary, especially at the Court of Appeal where his wife is a judge. He has been accused of using the position of his wife Justice Agnes Murgor who is a Judge to influence big cases before the appellate court. According to insiders in the judiciary, Murgor has been using the position of his wife at the Court of Appeal to influence cases by using corrupt Judges and lawyers with an interest in…

SASRA Signs MoU with DCI to Combat Fraud in SACCOs

The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to formalize the establishment of the Sacco Societies Fraud Investigation Unit (SSFIU). The signing of the MOU signifies an important milestone towards the realisation of the Authority’s reform agenda of entrenching corporate governance practices among SACCOs as well as the fulfilment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive issued in July 2019 to establish the Unit. Speaking during the MOU signing ceremony, SASRA Chairman John Munuve said: ‘’ We view this MOU as an…

World Animal Protection calls for an End to wildlife trade

In a virtual conference held to mark World Wildlife day, World Animal Protection has launched an interactive map showing wildlife trade routes and the cruelty animals go through.  Featured prominently were- The Ball Pythons in West Africa, African Grey Parrots in Central Africa, The Traditional medicine markets in Benin and Lion bone trade in South Africa. Edith Kabesiime, Wildlife Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection said; “This interactive map shows wildlife trade routes globally and the dangers it has if not stopped. The African continent is home to some of…

Embu County Government Raises Red Flag Over Jobs Scam

The Embu County Public Service Board has raised the red flag over a fake jobs scam targeting members of the public. In an advisory to the public, board Chairman Alfred Kamau cautioned job seekers to be wary of a clique of unscrupulous individuals extorting cash with promises of securing jobs at the devolved unit. “The clique of scammers often pose as brokers or employees of the Embu County Public Service Board”, the Chairman said. Lately, the scammers have taken advantage of joblessness to deceive the job seekers that they can secure…

KRA seizes 1,000 pieces of explosive detonators at Taveta border

Customs officers based at the Taveta-Holili One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) on Friday evening seized 1,000 pieces of explosive detonators at Mwakitau along the Taveta-Mombasa highway. Three suspects were arrested in connection to the incident. The KRA team, backed by administration police officers attached to the OSBP, while on routine patrols intercepted the devices while being transported together with Tobacco by a truck no T143ARG at around 5.30 pm, one kilometer away from Maktau roadblock, Taita Taveta County. The consignment in the vehicle had been declared at the border point as…

Tax Appeals Tribunal rules in favour of KRA against Roshina Timber Mart Limited 

Tax Appeals Tribunal rules in favour of KRA against Roshina Timber Mart Limited  The Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT) has ruled in favour of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in a case filed by Roshina Timber Mart Limited seeking orders to stop KRA from disallowing input VAT that was based on fictitious tax invoices from ghost traders, dubbed the “missing traders” scheme. The scheme was established to reduce tax liability without the taxpayer making taxable supplies or the supplier of the goods being captured on the tax invoices used to deduct input VAT. In its ruling delivered on 26th February 2020, the TAT held that the law places the burden of providing supporting documentation on the taxpayer and in the absence of such documentation; KRA is left with no option but to apply the law and assess the tax. The Tribunal further stated that failure to keep, retain or maintain records is an offence as stipulated under Section 93 of the Tax Procedures Act, 2015. This means that accepting the position advanced by Roshina Timber Mart Limited and allowing input VAT recovery would amount to aiding criminal conduct. The company argued that it had no obligation or responsibility to trace the supplier and  did  not  doubt  the  existence  of  suppliers  who  issued  it  with  the  invoices. The TAT also established that the VAT Act, 2013 stipulates that for input VAT to be allowable for deduction, it must have been incurred for the purpose of business or to make taxable supplies. KRA was therefore correct in seeking for additional documentation to prove that there were taxable supplies made to the company. The Tribunal went on to state that even if proof had been provided to show that the supplies took place, KRA was still within its power to establish whether the input VAT claimed by the company was incurred for business purposes in order to allow or disallow its recovery. The Tribunal further determined that KRA rightly demanded Corporation Tax from the impugned transactions with the phantom “missing traders”. KRA has previously experienced similar challenges where unscrupulous taxpayers who do not make taxable supplies use fictitious tax invoices to claim input VAT. The ruling is a boost to KRA in the fight against such schemes.  

Rice importers charged with Ksh1.5 billion Tax Evasion

Two businessmen of Pakistani Nationality were today charged before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Ms Edna Nyaloti for evading tax worth Ksh1.5 billion. The traders, Rahim Qasim and Rameez Gulzar Ali alongside their firm Jhulay Lal Commodities limited were found to have been importing rice into the country while deliberately failing to pay Income Tax. According to investigations, it was established that for the period covering January 2015 and December 2018, the suspects imported rice worth Ksh1.68 Billion. They sold the rice and banked the proceeds in their various companies’ accounts. The…

Rice importers charged with Ksh1.5 billion Tax Evasion

Two businessmen of Pakistani Nationality were today charged before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Ms Edna Nyaloti for evading tax worth Ksh1.5 billion. The traders, Rahim Qasim and Rameez Gulzar Ali alongside their firm Jhulay Lal Commodities limited were found to have been importing rice into the country while deliberately failing to pay Income Tax. According to investigations, it was established that for the period covering January 2015 and December 2018, the suspects imported rice worth Ksh1.68 Billion. They sold the rice and banked the proceeds in their various companies’ accounts. The…

City Hall to kick out papapotea con artists

The Nairobi County Government has cancelled licenses of street gambling artists over increased cases of fraud. The Trade department revoked the licenses following advice from the Security and Compliance Department. The county says the artists have been violating terms and conditions of their licenses and resorted to conning unsuspecting clients of their hard-earned cash. Inspectorate officers operating in and out of the CBD have subsequently been given directives to arrest and avail for identification all individuals operating as street gamblers, commonly known as PataPotea. City Hall Director for Security and…