The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on Friday, September 3, issued a statement in which the authority set the record straight after reports surfaced indicating that KRA summoned the second in command in relation to tax issues.
The reports surfaced just hours after Interior Cabinet Secretary gave the public a rare insight into DP Ruto’s vast business empire, guarded by 257 police officers and minting him billions which should make him one of the leading tax payers in the country.
In a statement issued by KRA, the body dismissed the reports that it had summoned Deputy President William Ruto after his pronouncement on some of the properties he owns.
The fake report, which went viral on social media, indicated that officials from KRA would visit the DP to discuss the composition of his income tax structure amid speculation from Ruto’s critics that the second in command may not be truthful with the taxman despite his vast empire.
The reports which have since been established to be false indicated that KRA had only received mandatory income tax in his capacity as Deputy President.
“Kindly be advised that this is fake,” KRA wrote on its Facebook page while making reference to the statement in question.
Ruto publicly confimed some of the assets he owns in the wake of an onslaught from Matiang’i who outlined some of the property owned by the second in command who he accused of thriving on politics of sympathy.
On Thursday, September 2, noting that he made Ksh1.5 million a day from his Koitalel poultry farm, where he has 200,000 layer chicken.
The chicken farm is among those guarded by armed police officers.
He went on to list some other properties that he owns, including shares of a telecommunications company and an airline.
“They forgot to disclose that my poultry business, which they listed in acreage, has 200,000 layer chicken and this man sells 150,000 eggs a day, making Sh1.5 million daily,” the DP stated.
It was on the backdrop of these revelations that a section of Kenyans began probing whether the DP was also remitting his taxes, leading to the fake KRA statement.
The CS also listed some of the alleged DP’s properties guarded by security officers. They include Kitengela Gas Company, Murumbi Farm in Transmara (395 Hectares), ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch, Dolphine Hotel in Mombasa (3 Hectares), Mata Farm in Taita Taveta (1,026 Hectares).
Matiang’i also listed, Weston Hotel in Nairobi County, a private residence in Elgon View, Eldoret, Koitalel Poultry Farm in Eldoret, and another private residence in Kosachei in Eldoret and Kwale Island Development Limited in Wilson Airport.