A former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) senior manager has been slapped with a Sh2 million fine by a Nairobi court for soliciting a bribe amounting to Sh15 million.
Robert Maina Ngumi, a former manager at KRA’s domestic taxes department, was on Wednesday convicted by Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi.
Ngumi was found guilty of soliciting and receiving the bribe from a businessman in order to help him have his tax arrears owed to KRA slashed from Sh439.9 million to Sh18.6 million. He was accused of committing the offense on March 11th, 2014.
“The Anti-Corruption Magistrate’s Court in Nairobi fines a former Kenya Revenue Authority Senior Manager Robert Maina Ngumi Sh2 million for soliciting and receiving a bribe of Sh15 million six years ago,” Magistrate Mugambi ruled.
Ngumi will serve an 18-month jail sentence if he fails to pay the Sh2 million fine.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) clarified that its detectives recovered all the Sh15 million bribe Ngumi had received.
“The cash received by Ngumi was EACC treated money which was recovered from him at the time of arrest. He did not take any money,” EACC explained in a statement.