DCI seeks to detain 38 KRA officials for 21 days over abuse of office among other charges

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Director of Criminal Investigation is seeking to detain 38 Kenya Revenue Authority officials for 21 day to enable detectives complete investigations into several criminal offences.

Among offences that DCI is investigating include money laundering, tax evasion, abuse of office, neglect of duty among others.

According to the investigating officer Inspector Arthur Onyango, the suspects were arrested on 10th May at Kenya Revenue Authority Domestic Taxes Department and Customs Border Control Department.

Those arrested include Assistant Managers Salome Atieno Rambo and Grace Katumbi Muinde, Supervisors Grace Achieng Okuku , Augustine Saka Were, Margaret Jepkoskei Sangoi , Christopher Omondi among others.

“The evidence so far gathered and credible intelligence so far received show that the respondents were actively involved and colluded with certain taxpayers in a criminal enterprise to evade payment of taxes and reduce liability,” states the officer.

In his affidavit, Onyango states the suspects’ mobile phones , laptops and other electronic gadgets and equipment in their possession were seized and are yet yet to be subjected for forensic examination.

“A team of investigators require to ensure that all digital footprints of all the respondents and associates who were at large and it is important to be detained to enable detailed criminal inquiries or investigations to be carried out,” says Onyango.

The investigators have so far obtained a court order to obtain subscriber details, line history, IMEI history, text messages and call data records for the period of 1st July 2017 to 9th May 2019.

It is alleged that 48 suspects are still at large and are being pursued by security services.

Those arrested are before the Milimani Law courts pending hearing of the application to detain them.