REMARKS BY COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF KENYA REVENUE AUTHORITY MR. M. G. WAWERU DURING A PRESENTATION TO HIS EXCELLENCY HON. MWAI KIBAKI, MP, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, OF A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATIONAL FAMINE DISASTER FUND BY MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF KRA AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI ON FRIDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2004  
 

 

Your Excellency, Sir

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of Kenya Revenue Authority, I feel extremely privileged and honoured to present our humble contribution to assist our brothers and sisters who are hungry because of the current famine in various parts of the country.

Our staff worked extremely hard during the Financial Year, which ended in June, 2004 by collecting an unprecedented Kshs. 229, 279 million against a set target of Kshs. 220,800 million. In doing so KRA surpassed the target set by Treasury by collecting a further Kshs. 8,479 million. This performance represents a growth of 13.7% over the previous year’s collection of Kshs. 201,699 million. This record performance is a result of the ongoing Revenue Reform and Modernisation

Programme, which is an integral part of our 2nd Corporate Plan whose strategic themes are: Enhanced revenue collection, through Quality Service to our stakeholders, Modernisation of our internal processes and Revitalisation of our work force. In recognition of this excellent performance, Your Excellency Sir, the Minister of Finance, Hon David Mwiraria allowed staff to be paid the 13th month salary, by way of a bonus, in July this year.

Recognising the need to be responsive to the challenges facing the nation, KRA staff through their own initiative decided to share this bonus with victims of famine. Contributions by Board Members and staff amounted to Kshs 1,200,690. Kenya Revenue Authority as an entity topped up the figure to make it Kshs. 2 million, which we are presenting to Your Excellency today.

During the first quarter ending 30th September this year we have managed to collect Kshs. 64,563 million against the target of Kshs. 55,724 million, thereby collecting a surplus of Kshs. 8.839 million and achieving a performance rate of 116%. In comparison with last year, First Quarter revenues grew by Kshs. 13,801 million or 27.2%. Our aim is to surpass the annual revenue target of Kshs. 240 billion by at least 20 billion as our contribution towards mobilising resources that the

Government requires to implement the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation.

In our effort to mobilise the entire country in this endeavour, KRA has organised a Taxpayers’ week from 18th to 23rd October throughout the country. The period was carefully chosen to coincide with Kenyatta Day celebrations in honour of our national heroes. The running theme throughout the

celebrations will be “Kulipa Ushuru ni kulinda Uhuru” or “Pay your Taxes and set your country free” as a way of paying glowing tribute to those who dedicated their lives to free our beloved country from the humiliation of colonialism. Present taxpayers are taking a leading role in freeing their country from donor dependency to economic independence. The climax of these celebrations will be on 21st October 2004, when we will be recognizing Distinguished Taxpayers.

May I now have the honour and pleasure of presenting this cheque of Kshs. 2Million to help victims of famine.

Your, Excellency Sir,

Thank you.


M. G. Waweru
COMMISSIONER GENERAL

 
 
 
 
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