The new KRA Boss Rispah Simiyu

The Kenya Revenue Authority on Thursday announced Rispah Simiyu as the acting commissioner General.

Her appointment followed the resignation of her former boss Githii Mburu.

Mburu quit to pursue other personal interests, Board Chairperson Anthony Mwaura said.

But even as Simiyu takes over one of the most powerful offices in the land, who is she?

Simiyu has worked at the KRA for over four years prior to her latest appointment.

She served as the KRA commissioner from October 2020 where she was responsible for domestic taxes.

Simiyu also served as the KRA deputy commissioner from April 2018 to October 2020.

Prior to joining KRA, the incoming KRA boss was the East Africa regional manager of Standard Charted Bank for seven years from January 2011 to April 2018.

She was also the manager of tax services at Price water house coopers for over nine years from September 2001 to December 2010.

Simiyu studied for her Master of Laws, in International Trade and Investment at the University of Nairobi from 2008 to 2009.

She studied at the University of Dar es Salaam for her Bachelor of Laws degree from 1998 to 2001.

KRA was established in 1995 and is mandated to collect revenue on behalf of the government.