KRA appoints commissioners to spearhead tax compliance functions

Mr-Phares Kamau Chege,-KRA-Deputy-Commissioner,-Internal-Audit. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced the appointment of two new commissioners and a deputy commissioner to lead critical functions.

As part of a strategic human resource development programme, KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu has announced the substantive appointment of Dr Terra Saidimu Leseeto and Dr David Wachira Kinuu to serve as the Commissioner of Intelligence & Strategic Operations and Commissioner Corporate Support Services, respectively.

Alongside the two Commissioners, Mr Phares Kamau Chege has also been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner, Internal Audit as part of the appointments which take immediate effect.

Speaking when he confirmed the appointments, Commissioner General Githii Mburu confirmed that the three had been picked following a competitive selection process by the KRA Board.

“The three gentlemen bring to KRA a wealth of experience and unrivalled academic credentials which will propel this Authority to the next level as a trailblazer in public service delivery and as an institution firmly focused on delivering on its mandate and mission,” Mburu said, adding that, “At KRA, we are focused on building trust through facilitation so as to foster compliance with the existing tax and customs legislation and we have moved to align our Human Capital with the ideals actively.”

The new KRA Commissioner for Intelligence & Strategic Operations (ISO) Dr Saidimu joined KRA in 2005 and has served in various roles in the Investigation & Enforcement and ISO Departments. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of multiple frameworks, policies and strategies relating to investigation and intelligence functions.

Dr Saidimu holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Risk Management from the The University of Southampton and an MBA degree from the University of Nairobi among other credentials.

Joining KRA as the Commissioner, Corporate Support Services, Dr Wachira Kinuu enjoys a wealth of experience gained both locally and internationally from the private sector for more than 19 years. His immediate posting was at Safaricom PLC, where he worked for more than seven years in various capacities including Head, Human Resources Shared Services and Senior Manager, Facilities, Health & Safety. He has also worked at different managerial roles at Kenya Shell Ltd and Oil Libya Kenya and Mozambique among other companies.

Dr Wachira holds a PhD and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment & Audit from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology and Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management and Institute of Engineers of Kenya.

Formerly serving as the Group Head, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance at Signon Group Limited, Mr Phares Kamau, has joined KRA as the Deputy Commissioner, Internal Audit. He has previously served as the Head, Internal Audit and Risk Management at Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) besides working in auditing/risk consulting roles at several companies including KPMG, Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) and Kenya National Audit Office among others.

Mr Kamau holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, Accounting Option and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics both from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K), Operational Risk Practitioner (CORP), Internal Audit Quality Assessor and Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is also certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CORP). 

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