By Ronald Owili
Clearing and forwarding agents have issued a fresh seven-day ultimatum to the Kenya Revenue Authority to renew their annual licenses without which they will down their tools.
They claim KRA is colluding with some Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association members to reduce the number of clearing and forwarding agents from 1,200 to 200 with preference given to foreign firms.
Friction between the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) started when the taxman announced measures to vet the clearing and forwarding agents as a condition for renewing their 2017 licenses.
KRA says the vetting process aims at weeding out those who aid tax evasion or avoidance as well as those who have not complied with constitutional requirements.
This has seen KIFWA members this month embark on a go slow, accusing KRA of colluding with some of its to members to frustrate small sized clearing and forwarding agents with aim of deregistering about 1000 members.
KIFWA is now turning the heat on the taxman calling for a lifestyle audit of KRA officials over corruption claims.
KIFWA has appointed a nine-member interim team to steer negotiation with the taxman over the vetting process.