The board of directors of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has appointed a new Commissioner for Domestic Taxes.
Rispah Simiyu, who is currently the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Tax Dispute Resolution docket, will succeed Elizabeth Meyo, who retired after 24 years of service at the KRA.
In a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday, 7th October, KRA Chairman Francis Muthaura confirmed that Simiyu would be assuming her new position from 22nd October 2020.
“The Domestic Taxes Department accounts for 65 percent of KRA revenue collections, and, therefore, Simiyu is tasked with the role of delivering on this mandate. In her current role, she has grown the dispute resolution profile over the years from the settlement of 90 disputes to 284 disputes from 2018 to 2020,” said Muthaura.
Simiyu is a seasoned and grounded tax professional with 19 years of experience. Before joining KRA in April 2018, she served as the Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited’s Regional Tax Manager, East Africa, with her role covering assignments in the wider African and Middle East regions.
She also served as a member of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) Finance and Audit Committee, and specifically, the chairperson of the Tax Sub-Committee, whose responsibilities, included training management and staff of KBA members on existing and emerging tax issues. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2001, rising to the position of tax manager.
She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant (FCCA), an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the Law Society of Kenya, and a Certified Public Secretary.
Simiyu holds Master of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, with a focus on international trade and investment. She also holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Dar es Salaam and a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.
She has also practised and consulted on tax in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda and is thus well- versed with the tax laws of these countries.