KRA probes Sh100m tax racket

KRA, Times Towers

Times Tower in Nairobi, the headquarters of the Kenya Revenue Authority.

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What you need to know:

  •  The schemes involve fictitious declaration of taxes, understatement of weights and values and cross-stuffing cargo in the suspicious trade in raw hides and skins.
  • The raw hide is said to be left to rot inside closed containers to produce a strong stench that few can come close to.
  • Port officials have also questioned the link to Sri-Lanka, a major narcotics hot spot, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the final destination to Nigeria raised further questions.

Investigators from the Kenya Revenue Authority are probing a tax evasion syndicate at the port of Mombasa involving export of hides and skins, with allegations of drug trafficking also emerging.

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