Kenya: tax officers to wear 'body cameras' to avoid bribes

Kenya: tax officers to wear ‘body cameras’ to avoid bribes

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said its officers will start using body-worn cameras to crack down on tax evasion and corruption, local newspaper Business Daily reported.

The body cams will be used mainly by staff in the domestic tax department and customs and border control, according to the report.

“Very soon we will also be ensuring our enforcement officers have body-worn cameras, like the ones you see in the US, so that any action they take is recorded and we can see it. When you put it off, we will also have to understand why you do it,” KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu is quoted as saying.

Some KRA staff have been accused of amassing properties that are not consistent with their pay.

Last year, the tax authority announced it was viewing the social media profiles of targeted individuals to reconcile their lifestyles with their tax compliance.

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