KRA, KEBS officials in trouble for soliciting KSh200,000 bribe to clear cargo at Mombasa Port

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers have arrested Kenya Revenue Authority Head of Verification at Mombasa Port Thomas Karubee for allegedly demanding KSh200,000 bribe.

for Tv47 Digital July 21, 2022, 08:41 PM
From left: Daniel Kimonge, a KEBS inspections officer and Thomas Karubee, KRA Head of Verification at the Mombasa Port have been arrested by EACC detectives for soliciting bribe in order to clear a cargo.

In Summary

  • Kenya Revenue Authority¬†Head of Verification at Mombasa Port Thomas Karubee arrested for allegedly demanding KSh200,000 bribe.


  • Karubee was arrested alongside an inspections officer at Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) official, Daniel Kimonge

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers have arrested Kenya Revenue Authority Head of Verification at Mombasa Port Thomas Karubee for allegedly demanding KSh200,000 bribe.

The suspect is said to have demanded the said amount of money in order to release a container which the owner had paid all the taxes required by the law.

"EACC has arrested KRA's Head of Verification at Mombasa Port Thomas Karubee for demanding KES.200K bribe in order to release a container. Complainant paid all taxes but the official could not release the container unless bribed," EACC said in a statement.

According to preliminary reports, the container is said to be holding second-hand household goods and electronics worth KSh1,100,000.

Karubee was arrested alongside Daniel Kimonge, an inspections officer at Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

Kimonge was nabbed by detectives after receiving KSh20,000 in order treportedly return a favorable report and clear the said cargo.

"He was arrested together with an Inspections Officer at KEBS who had also solicited and received KSh20,000 purportedly to return a favourable report and clear the cargo," EACC added.

The commission has now warned port officials saying that "it is unacceptable and immoral for officers working at the port to solicit or demand bribes in order to release imported cargo to its owners."

Meanwhile, the two officials have been taken to EACC offices in Mombasa for processing.

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