‘Kenya losing billions to tax havens’

From left, Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge appearing before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee at Parliament on November 2, 2015 where they were grilled over the alleged missing Eurobond money. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Tax Justice Network (TJN), a lobby group, has sued the government over agreements, which it says are robbing Kenya of the ability to raise revenues domestically
  • The civil society wants Parliament to scrutinise avoidance of double taxation agreements (DTAs) between Kenya and various tax havens.
  • TJN has already moved to court seeking orders to stop enforcement of the agreement with Mauritius until the deal is scrutinised by Parliament.
  • The deal between Kenya and Mauritius was signed by Finance minister at the time, Mr Robinson Njeru Githae and his Mauritius counterpart, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval.

The government has been accused of opening a loophole that allows super rich individuals and multinational companies to avoid taxes.


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