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The national revenue collector cleared from Mombasa port vehicles “too old” for import without the anti-corruption watchdog’s knowledge. A Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission forensic investigator said the agency had asked the Kenya Revenue Authority not to clear vehicles which were not compliant with the eight-year rule.

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In his evidence against suspended Industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey, Mr Emmanuel Arunga told the court that he had been investigating the matter, but was later informed that the vehicles had been released.

The anti-corruption commission is said to have written to KRA requesting the officials to stop any clearance and registration of the motor vehicles to speed up investigations.

KRA assistant commissioner David Mwongela has since acknowledged the said letter and confirmed that the anti-corruption commission had requested that the vehicles be held at the port.

Mr Mwongela said the vehicles in question were cleared after they received a go-ahead from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and Mr Kosgey.

He said that on different dates, he received letters from the Industrialisation ministry and Kebs indicating that some of the vehicles had been exempted from the rule.

Mr Kosgey is accused of using his office to improperly exempt individuals and companies importing 113 vehicles that did not meet Kenya Standards Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.

According to the code of practice, the importation of vehicles more than eight years old was outlawed except those of government interest, vehicles for the diplomatic corps or those brought in by returning citizens.

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Source Daily Nation