May 10, 2022| The Chief Justice (CJ) and President of the Supreme Court Hon. Martha Koome, officiated the swearing-in ceremony for the new CRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Katule on Monday, May 9, 2022. The Chief Justice urged Mr. Katule to make equitable revenue allocation a reality for all Kenyans.
During the swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court Building, the CJ also challenged the new CEO: “Ask yourself every day, whether what you are doing is adding value to Kenyans who work so hard to pay taxes to keep us in office… May your contribution enable the Commission to realize its vision of ‘No Kenyan left Behind’ in revenue allocation,” she said.
In her remarks, the Commission’s Chairperson, Dr Jane Kiringai, encouraged Mr Katule to always have clarity of the outcome envisaged, as the Commission Secretary and Chief Executive Officer.
“You are like the neck, joining the Secretariat, which is the executive arm, and the Commission which is the policy-making organ of the institution,” said Dr Kiringai, who also urged Mr Katule to regularly create time for strategic thinking.
Mr Katule previously served as the Commission’s Director, Fiscal Affairs, and was recruited into the new position through a competitive process.
In the next five years, Mr Katule will focus on executing the CRA mandate; implementing the third basis for revenue sharing among the county governments, which was approved by Parliament in 2020, to be used for financial years 2020/21 to 2024/25. He will also coordinate the development of recommendations on sharing of revenue between national and county governments, developing a marginalization policy, building county governments’ capacity to raise their revenues, and other key assignments.
Also in attendance at the event were the Commission’s Vice Chairperson, Humphrey Wattanga, Commissioner Prof. Edward Oyugi, and Directors and staff. The Judiciary’s Deputy Chief Registrar, Paul Ndemo coordinated the event.