Former KRA boss dies

May he rest in peace

President Uhuru Kenyatta with workers at a KRA centre during a past visit

Former Commissioner General of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Mr John Paul Munge has passed on.

The former KRA boss died while receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital for an undisclosed illness.

Condolence messages were sent by those who knew him including President Uhuru Kenyatta who mourned Mr Munge as patriotic citizen who was ever ready to serve his country.

"John Munge was a great Kenyan who was committed to the betterment of the country through hard work and dedication," the president stated.

He further noted that Munge would be remembered as one of the pioneer Kenyan stockbrokers, having been a founding partner of the Shah Munge and Partners Stock Brokers, one of the original brokers at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).

John Munge resigned from KRA

Mr Munge resigned from his position at KRA in 2003 after having been adversely mentioned in public funds lost with the collapse of Euro Bank.

He had served in the position for two years before uproar and calls for his and the then CBK Governor Nahashon Nyagah's resignations.

He maintained his innocence from any wrongdoing and underhand dealings in the scandal saying that he had served his country diligently.

"I acknowledge the right of the public to discuss and raise issues, however erroneous they may be, regarding both the institution and its chief executive.

"It is my belief that the perception of my integrity has been dented. The questioning of my character will impair my abilities to effectively manage KRA," he stated as he stepped down at the institution.

He was succeeded by Michael Waweru who served up until 2012 after his term was extended for three years in 2009. Waweru is acclaimed for drastically improving revenue collection by the taxman.

The current boss Mr John Njiraini took over after Waweru's departure in March 2012 and is set to leave the authority as his term comes to a close.

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