The Kenyan tax authorities awarded the Ministry of the Interior with the highest taxpayer award in the public sector on Wednesday, July 14th.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i described the move as a “nationwide” approach, with the minister also recognizing the work of his juniors.
The Ministry of Interior and the National Government Coordinator thanked him for the recognition he had received for complying with tax payments and paying the highest tax amount of any government agency.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i will receive an award from KRA chief James Mburu on Wednesday, July 14, 2021
“On behalf of my colleagues from @InteriorKE, thank @KRACorporate for honoring us with the Top Public Sector Agency Award 2020. Another confirmation of the success of all government approaches at work to build a true spirit in support of GoK and Land build âSaid CS Matiang’i.
âIt is such an extraordinary honor to be named Top Public Sector Agency in 2020 by KRA for being the most tax compliant and paying the highest taxes of any government agency. We will strive to outdo ourselves and continue to lead by example, âreplied the ministry.
Last week, an evaluation report prepared by the Department of Public Service Performance Management and Monitoring (PSPMMU) named the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries overseen by Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya as the worst performing.
The ICT Ministry of CS Joe Mucheru, the Ministry of Sports of CS Amina Mohammed and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife led by CS Najib Balala were among the worst performers.
However, it is nation reported that the National Treasury was ranked the top performing ministry by the PSPMMU. The Department of East African Community and Regional Development and the Department of Water, Sewage and Irrigation were ranked among the top three top performing ministries.
The Ministry of Education, led by CS George Magoha, took sixth place. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is keen to collect taxes from all businesses. The tax officer was given the green light to auction Kenya Power transformers due to delays in settling taxes for importing the transformers and storage fees.
KRA gave Kenya Power through August 12, 2021 to ensure all taxes are cleared if the auction doesn’t start.
“Unless the goods listed below are placed in and removed from the bonded warehouse within thirty (30) days from the date of this notification, they will be publicly auctioned on August 12, 2021,” explained KRA.
The tax officer was aggressive in ensuring that all companies in Kenya pay their dues on time. Last week, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Opranya pleaded with the national treasury to step in and resolve a tax crisis.
He complained that the Kenyan port authority had refused to release life-saving machines because of a huge tax bill.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) for a consultation on February 20, 2020