The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Board has appointed two senior executives as part of its ongoing organizational transformation programme. The Board appointed Mr. Paul Muema Matuku and Dr. Fred Mugambi Mwirigi to serve as Commissioner of Legal Services & Board Coordination and Head of Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA), respectively.
The appointment of the two experienced executives is part of the Authority’s commitment to tap into competitively sourced and experienced human talent to advance KRA’s transformation agenda.
The transformation agenda seeks to enable KRA staff to leverage on the greater opportunities presented by investments in technology. This will enhance revenue mobilisation and efficient customer service informed by better data utilisation anchored on intelligence.
Mr. Matuku joined KRA, the country’s tax collection body, in 1996 and has served in varied positions in the Legal Services & Board Coordination department rising to his previous position of Deputy Commissioner in charge of litigation services. As head of litigation, Mr. Matuku has spearheaded KRA’s defence in key legal suits and contributed towards substantially enhancing the department’s success rate in countering tax litigation.
Mr. Matuku holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi and Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and also of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mugambi has been the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Academic and Students Affairs at KESRA since April 2016. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) degree and a Diploma in Small Enterprise Management from Galilee International Management College, Israel.
Dr. Mugambi sits in various boards and committees. He served as the chairman of a task force appointed by the Education Cabinet Secretary to select the board of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), under the Ministry of Education. Dr. Mugambi was also in charge of the committee that prepared the JKUAT bid to supply digital devices for free primary and JKUAT won.
Dr. Mugambi has been involved in consultancy and training tasks for many national and international organizations across six countries. He has supervised 12 PhD students and over 35 Masters to graduation. Dr. Mugambi has published 3 books and over 30 research papers.
The appointments come after the Authority recently won a case against Italian Dam Construction company Co-operativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna, seeking a Ksh166 million ($1.64 million) Value Added Tax (VAT) refund.
CMC Di Ravenna Kenya, a Company contracted to construct Itare dam, lost the case where it was suing KRA for VAT refund.
The tax collector has also been making moves to crack down on tax evasion, going after some of the country’s vehicle dealers and even ‘Facebook Entrepreneurs’. As such, the KRA hopes to meet most, if not all of its tax collection targets in the coming months.