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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tax cartels ruin Kisumu county image

A money minting racket in which Kisumu county government loses a whopping Sh3 million daily through corrupt traffic and KRA officers working in cahoots with bus stage cartels has been exposed.
According to insiders at the governor’s office, the cartels are said to be leading a flashy life courtesy of untaxed revenue, a move that is understood to have contributed to the poor performance posted by the county government, which recently scored one percent in the World Bank rating.
The dirty money, according to our investigations, is collected by two well known ghost workers from the Kisumu county government operating under the alleged blessings of the troubled governor. The duo is said to be equally rich and well endowed financially given their position in the corruption mix-up. One Muga and Rashid Onda names pops up as they have not been affected by the usually frequent transfers and reshuffles.
Others controlling a catalogue of dubious businesses at the bus park stage  go by the names of Jacksnee, Jacktone Ojuang aka Ponge, Daudi, Paulo and Kobi who are strongly also believed to be in a money laundering business for the cartel.
Apart from enjoying untaxed money, the group has also been accused by matatu owners of charging them illegal fees for one to be allowed to enter the Kisumu bus stage to drop and passengers.
“We are calling upon the government to intervene and rescue us from this group who have threatened to unleash terror on us whenever we fail to cooperate,’’ said one matatu owner who requested not to be named for fear of reprisals.
Further investigations revealed that the wealthy group that drive in luxurious vehicles prefer a downtown hotel from where they hand over the loot to the corrupt officers from KRA and the traffic police department.