Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives in the Upper Coast Region Wednesday apprehended two Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials in Kilifi County over a Ksh 10,000 bribery claim.
Upper Coast EACC Manager Ignatius Wekesa said the two KRA officials had demanded Ksh 20,000 from two complainants in order to release a vehicle with Tanzanian registration the officials had impounded.
Wekesa said the two, Albert Bett, who is the deputy officer in charge of KRA in Kilifi County and his driver, Joel Zaddock, were arrested at the KRA offices in Kilifi following investigations that took one week.
He said the two KRA officials impounded the vehicle on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, after the complainants failed to produce proper documentation for the vehicle.
The officials said they would only release the vehicle if the complainants gave them a Ksh 20,000 bribe.
“One of the complainants came to our offices in Malindi and reported the matter, prompting us to commence investigations that led to the arrest of the two KRA officials who had already received a down payment of Ksh 10,000 being part of the money they had asked for,” Wekesa said.
The two KRA officials spent Wednesday night in custody at the Malindi Police Station pending further investigations.
The two will be arraigned in court to answer to corruption charges.
Wekesa warned public servants against taking advantage of the COVID-19 to use unlawful means of enriching themselves, saying such errant officers would be pursued and punished in accordance with the law.
Let nobody think that they can get away with corruption thinking we are not active due to the pandemic. We are very much alert,” he said.
He called on Kenyans to report any incidents of corruption to the commission with a view to apprehending those culpable so that Kenya becomes a corruption-free territory.
“I know that many Kenyans would like to use shortcuts to get freedom whenever they are caught in the wrong side of the law, but let me warn them that the law will also catch up with them if they are found giving bribes,” he said.