CS Matiang’i Under Fire Over Sh5,000 fine For Those Loitering Around KRA Premises

The move by the Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i of listing the headquarters of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and its offices countrywide among the protected areas while keeping them out of bounds for persons, not on official duty, has caused an uproar among Kenyans.

In a gazette notice issued under the Protected Areas Order, persons found loitering in KRA premises without the permission of the Commissioner-General James Mburu will be arrested and prosecuted.

Unauthorized people in KRA premises have been accused of colluding with staff in abetting tax evasion and bribery.

KRA head office at Times Towers in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | Courtesy

Persons contravening the order face a maximum Sh5,000 fine or a jail term of up to two years or both on conviction under the Protected Areas Act. The penalty doubles to a maximum of Sh10,000 or a jail term of five years or both if the offenders are found to be in possession of arms, ammunition, explosives which they lawfully own.

“The areas, places or premises described in the schedule are declared to be protected areas for purposes of the Act and no per­son shall be in the specified areas without the permission of the prescribed authority or the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government,” Dr Matiang’i says in the notice.

Majority of Kenyans who have gone forth to criticize the move argue that it is criminalizing Kenyans seeking services from KRA.

Here are some of the reactions;



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