Tiyah Galgalo’s nomination by Uhuru at risk over tax compliance


Tiyah Galgalo's nomination by Uhuru at risk over tax compliance
Former Isiolo Woman Representative Tiyah Galgalo. PHOTO| COURTESY

Former Isiolo Woman Representative Tiyah Galgalo is on the verge of losing her nomination for appointment to the National Land Commission (NLC) over falsified tax declarations.

Tax compliance is a key qualification for appointment to constitutional commissions and independent bodies, but the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has returned a negative verdict in Galgalo’s case.

In a letter to the National Assembly Lands committee, KRA also said that investigations were underway into her 2017 and 2018 tax returns.

The tax authority withdrew a compliance certificate irregularly issued to Galgalo on the October 23, 2018. Internal disciplinary action is also being taken against officers who issued it.

A source in the lands committee disclosed that Galgalo’s questionable tax returns had aroused interest from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

KRA is expected to summon Galgalo for questioning over transactions she did.

The lands committee reconvenes on Thursday to finalise its report on the nominees, amid intense lobbying due to the massive interests within the Lands commission.

A source at the committee disclosed that some members were pushing for the rejection of former cabinet minister Kazungu Kambi over pending corruption issues.

Another group of members is said to be keen on the rejection of Getrude Nduku Nguku, over inconsistencies in documents she availed during the vetting exercise last week.

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