New leadership team at Kenya Revenue Authority KRA Board of Directors

January 20, 2023 - 5 Minutes Read - By The Vellum Team

The government has, in recent days, spared no effort or platform to confirm its commitment to economic transformation as outlined in the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto.

Tax compliance is one of the critical planks featuring prominently in the economic transformation agenda. President William Ruto hardly misses an opportunity to advocate for tax compliance as a national development ingredient.

 As part of this commitment and the need to expand the tax base, President Ruto recently named new Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Board Directors just weeks after naming a new chairperson, Anthony Mwaura, who was appointed to the position last November.

 At the KRA Board, Mr Mwaura is now joined by Darshan Shah, Wilkister Simiyu, Dr Fancy Too, Michael Kamau Kamiru and Samir Ibrahim, who will serve for a three-year term, with effect from the 13th January 2023. The National Treasury Director of the Macro and Fiscal Affairs Department, Mr Musa Kathanje, will serve as the alternate to the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, while Jennifer Gitiri will serve as the Attorney General’s alternate at the KRA Board.

 The new Board members will provide corporate governance leadership at KRA alongside Sally Mahihu, who has been retained as the appointments of Susan Mudhune, Mukesh Shah, Amb. Richard Opembe, Leonard Ithau (Eng.) and Charles Makori Omanga were revoked.

 

The new Board members will spearhead efforts geared at enhancing revenue collection in the next financial year 2023/24. According to the recently published Draft Budget Policy Statement by the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, in the FY 2023/24 revenue collection including Appropriation-in-Aid (A.i.A) is projected to increase to Ksh 2,897.7 billion (17.8 percent of GDP) up from the projected KShs 2,512.7 billion (17.3 percent of GDP) in the FY 2022/23. Revenue performance will be underpinned by the on-going reforms in tax policy and revenue administration measures geared towards expanding the tax base. Ordinary revenues will amount to Ksh 2,566.0 billion (15.8 percent of GDP) in FY 2023/24 from the estimated Ksh 2, 191.9 billion (15.1 percent of GDP) in FY 2022/23.

 

  •         Darshan Shah

Mr Darshan Shah is a partner at PKF Kenya LLP and a director of PKF Taxation Services Limited with over 21 years of professional experience in tax advisory; mergers and acquisitions; financial consultancy and audit services. Mr Shah has extensive regional experience and has delivered assignments in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. His expertise cuts through a wide variety of experience covering tax, tax structuring and business planning, transaction advisory and assurance-related work. Mr Shah has also been heavily involved in a variety of tax work, including in-depth audits and investigations by KRA; advisory related to international tax and tax structuring in Kenya; policy-based tax submissions on behalf of clients; routine tax planning and tax advisory for clients and tax advisory surrounding mergers and acquisitions. Mr Shah has assisted various investors in the energy, infrastructure, hospitality and manufacturing sectors to set up in Kenya. Mr Shah is the co-author of the Wiley International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Interpretations Guide 2014 – 2021 and has extensive knowledge and experience of IFRS. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, UK (ACA). Mr Shah is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA), UK.

  •         Wilkister Simiyu

Ms. Wilkister Simiyu is the Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services at the Kenya Seed Company. She has over 10 years’ work experience both as a practicing advocate and an in- house counsel having worked with Kitiwa & Co., Nyaundi, Tuiyot & Co. and Moi University. She holds LLB degree from Moi University and postgraduate diploma in Law (KSL), Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London.

  •         Dr Fancy Too

Dr Too is the Director, Graduate Programs (LLM and LLD) at the Strathmore University Law School. She has also previously served as the Dean, Kabarak University Law School. In social service, Dr Too is the chairperson of Kipteris Girls High School Board of Management. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB) Degree from Moi University, a Master of Laws Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Laws from Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom). An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya Dr Too is a resourceful legal expert with excellent communication skills; deep knowledge on constitutional law, corporate governance, contracts, commercial law, insolvency and intellectual property and a legal researcher with experience in legal analysis and reasoning techniques. She is an accomplished author and widely published in Insolvency Law.

  •         Michael Kamau Kamiru 

Mr Kamiru is currently the Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance, at Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited. He is a Finance Management and Risk Management professional with over 27 years of demonstrated leadership and management experience in the Kenyan insurance industry. Mr Kamiru also has extensive experience in strategic management; financial management; financial reporting; budgetary control management; forecasts and projection models; governance and risk management. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Master Degree in Business Administration (Corporate Management) from KCA university. Mr Kamiru is a member of the Institute of Certified Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

  •         Samir Ibrahim

Mr Ibrahim is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sunculture Kenya Limited, a climate, solar, agriculture, food systems and security, water, financing and Internet of Things firm. He is also an advisor to Ezra Venture Studio, a team and network of company builders and climate finance experts. Mr Ibrahim is also a Forum Officer, Nairobi Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, an Endeavour Entrepreneur and a Future Energy Leader and Alumni, World Energy Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and International Business from the New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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