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