Former KRA manager arrested over Ksh597 million unexplained wealth amassed in five years

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KRA headquarters in Nairobi's Times Tower. [Photo courtesy]

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has gone after former KRA manger, Joseph Chege Gikonyo and his wife Lucy Kangai Stephen over alleged graft.

EACC in its investigations so far say that the couple has failed to pay Ksh38 million in taxes and have unexplained wealth of Ksh597,457,059 amassed in a period of five years.

This, EACC says, is a red flag as the couple cannot explain how they acquired all this wealth amassed between 2010 and 2015.

The couple is the directors of Giche Limited.

EACC in a statement on Monday said that they have filed a civil suit seeking forfeiture of the couple’s assets.

“Subsequently, according to Section 55(2) of anti-corruption and economics act, a civil suit was filed for forfeiture of the assets,” part of the statement read.

“Further, the commission established that Joseph Chege Gikonyo and Lucy failed to pay taxes due to the Kenya Revenue Authority for the sum of Sh38.7 million being the company’s tax due and accrued expenses.”

EACC have already forwarded their file to the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution before they are arraigned in court on Tuesday.

The couple will then take plea.

Gikonyo was interdicted a while back as KRA’s Eldoret branch manager.
Records indicate that he has been working with the authority since 1998.

In his declaration, Gikonyo said that he had only acquired wealth equal to Ksh45 million from his salary and tea farming venture.

However, EACC launched investigations in 2018 where they found out that he had made transactions of Ksh399 million and had assets registered under his name in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi despite earning Ksh119,000 as monthly salary.