Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is today expected to appear before the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to answer questioning regarding his county government’s failure to remit Sh4.5 billion deducted from suppliers and employees as taxes.
Sonko to undergo second round of questioning over missing Sh4.5 billion
Not a good week for Governor Sonko
Sonko is among seven Governors who have allegedly failed to submit a total of Sh13 billion that has already been deducted in the form of PAYE and withholding tax.
New KRA Commissioner General James Githii Mburu last week announced that failure or delay to pursue already deducted tax would no longer be treated as a civil matter.
“What I have decided is that since you have deducted knowing that this is government money, and you have failed to pay, I’m not going to pursue it in a civil manner; because it is deliberate,” said Mr. Mburu.
“While deducting you knew, you have kept it, why should I come for it and we start arguing? The change of tact is, since you knew what you were doing, when I catch up with you now, first of all I will treat it as criminal, so that tax collection can be given the respect and seriousness it deserves,” Githii announced.
This will be second time that Sonko will be appearing for a grilling session after a lengthy questioning by detectives attached to the EACC on Tuesday.
The Nairobi county boss was kept at EACC for eight hours as he answered questions relating to garbage tenders in the city.
Sonko has since defended himself, saying he was not involved in the procurement processes, and blaming junior officers for the alleged breach of processes.
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