The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has suspended three officers alleged to be involved in the irregular sale of ethanol marked for destruction.
In a terse statement to newsrooms, KRA says it has a zero-tolerance policy to corruption.
The suspended officers were stationed in Mombasa. Pending further investigations into the case, they allegedly aided the sale of eight containers of ethanol outside the normal KRA auction process.
The goods had been gazetted for auction under notice number 4557. The auction was set for August 9, 2016. However, verification by stakeholders showed that the containers had been imported and concealed as diethylene glycol monobutyl ether.
Upon verification, they were not auctioned on the basis that they did not match the description. KRA lab experts identified the substance as ethanol and therefore the items were set aside for destruction.
On March 16, 2018, the same containers were irregularly re-gazetted under notice number 2535, for auction on April 18, 2018.
Preliminary evidence confirms that the goods were not sold on the floor of the auction, but they were sold outside the normal auction process, on June 27, 2018.
Necessary action will be taken on any other KRA staff found culpable during the ongoing investigations on the irregular sale of the ethanol.
KRA has zero tolerance policy to corruption and all KRA staff have an individual responsibility to uphold integrity at all times.
Earlier today, KRA denied allegations that unscrupulous businesses hid behind the importation of duty-free sugar to bring narcotics into the country.
In a statement from the Commissioner, Customs and Border Control, KRA says that the report appearing in the Daily Nation on Thursday, July 5, 2018, headlined: ‘Firms hid behind sugar law to import drugs’ was distorted and inaccurate.
According to KRA, the report was allegedly distorted from the one the tax collector tabled to the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in the National Assembly.