National Treasury & Economic Planning Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung'u has expounded why KRA Revenue Service Assistants(RSAs) were equipped with paramilitary skills.
Speaking during his appearance before the National Assembly on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, the CS said the recruits needed the skills for effective policing interventions since their role is related to fieldwork.
"The role of the revenue assistant officers is purely intelligence-gathering and management to detect, deter and stem tax evasion. It is related to fieldwork and it requires physical fitness alertness and swift and tactical skills hence the revenue service assistance program had a dimension of paramilitary training for effective policing interventions against VAT and excise tax leakages," Ndung'u stated.
Further, the CS denied bias during the recruitment process in collaboration with National Defence Services saying the exercise was gender-balanced, considered ethnic representation and undertook a KDF medical assessment to ascertain fitness.
Ndung'u said only two were turned down during the process. One was declared medically unfit while the other was kicked out for presenting fake documents.
He noted a total of 1406 personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 years were recruited on June 20, 2023, and underwent a two-month training at the KDF recruits training school in Eldoret before graduating on August 25, 2023.
Of the graduates, those between the age of 18 - 20 years are 110 recruits. 500 recruits are aged between 21 and 25 years while 542 are aged between 26 and 30 years.
A total of 204 revenue assistants are aged between 31 to 35 years.