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Meet James Wathanga Mwangi and Diana Kirigo Thomi, two corrupt KRA officials who were charged with fraud and bribery

Kenya Revenue Authority staff James Wathanga Mwangi and Diana Kirigo Thomi before Milimani Anti-corruption Magistrare courts./PHOTO BY IRENE ONYANGO
    

BY IRENE ONYANGO.

Two employees of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have been charged with abuse of office and money laundering among other charges.

The four officials denied charges of abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an offense, bribery and money laundering.

 

 

James Wathanga Mwangi denied the charge of improperly conferring a benefit. The court heard that he committed the offence on November 15, 2018, in Nairobi County.

 

 

It is alleged that being an officer working at the department in KRA used his position to improperly give a tax compliance certificate to Belad Mining Company Ltd whose director was a non-filer.

Mwangi was further accused of bribery. The charge sheet stated that he received a bribe of Sh2,000 on November 15, 2018, from David Chege so that he could influence issuance of tax compliance certificate in respect to Belad Mining company Ltd, a taxpayer whose director was non-filer.

 

 

His workmate, Diana Kirigo Thomi allegedly received Sh738,891 through her mobile phone and sent Sh 220,000 to conceal the source of the said money. The charge stated that she committed the offence between July 2018 and May 30, 2019.

The accused persons denied committing the offence when they appeared before Milimani anti-corruption court chief magistrate Thomas Nzioki. They were released on bond.

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