Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General Githii Mburu has resigned. According to a press release from board chair Anthony Mwaura on Thursday, Mburu had submitted his letter of resignation to pursue other personal interests.
“Following the resignation, the board has appointed FCCA, CS Rispah Simiyu, Advocate EBS, to be the Acting Commissioner General KRA with effect from 23rd February, 2023 until the position is substantively and competitively filled,” Mwaura said.
Mburu was appointed KRA commissioner general On June 6, 2019, replacing John Njiraini, who had left the position at the end of his term. The position had been held by Njiraini since March 2012. KRA has now appointed Rispah Simiyu, the current Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, as acting Commissioner-General.
In place of Ms. Simiyu, Pamela Ahago, the KRA’s Western area coordinator, has been named the acting commissioner of domestic taxes. David Mwangi has replaced Lilian Nyawanda as acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Control. Ms Nyawanda had been appointed to the role in March 2021 in a double appointment that also saw Dr Edward Karanja appointed as the Commissioner for Investigations and Enforcement.
However, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has retained Dr. Mohammed Omar in his position as the Commissioner for Strategy Innovation and Risk Management, Dr. Fred Mugambi as the Commissioner for the Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA), and Paul Mutuku as the Commissioner for Legal Services and Board Coordination.
Githii Mburu’s role as CG during the COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history since During his tenure, Former President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered KRA and Treasury to settle VAT refund arrears totaling KES 10 billion as part of the COVID-19 round one stimulus package.