Antony Ng’ang’a Mwaura: Humble Start Of KRA Chairperson Who Founded Business With 2 Employees In Karatina

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Antony Ng'ang'a Mwaura: Humble Start Of KRA Chairperson Who Founded Business With 2 Employees In Karatina
Antony Ng'ang'a Mwaura Photocredit/NationMediaGroup

President Ruto on Friday 18th November 2022 appointed Antony Ng’ang’a Mwaura as the Chairperson of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) replacing Ambassador Francis Muthaura.

Antony Ng’ang’a was chairman of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party National Elections Board (NEB). He is also the founder of Hardi Enterprises Limited and Toddy Civil Engineering Company.

Here is his career journey as told by WoK.

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Toddy Civil Engineering Company

Mwaura established Toddy Civil Engineering Company in 2002. From two employees, the business grew steadily and in 2008 it was incorporated as a limited company under the Companies Act. He ventured into civil engineering, construction, lease of machinery and supply of construction materials.

The company has worked with various government agencies including Tana Water Works Development Agency, State Department for Youth Affairs, National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Coast Water Development Agency, KeNHA, Athi Water Works and Kenya Rural Roads Authority.

Some of the key projects undertaken include Yatta Canal Rehabilitation Project Lot 2, Mombasa Water Supply Lot 2, Ptokou and Sangat Irrigation project, Voi Urban and Rural Water Supply, Kyeni Water Supply project, Murang’a sewerage project, Isiolo Water project, Kambi Ya Mawe project, Proposed Demolition, NYS Yatta field Unit, Excavations of Storm Drain Works and Routine Maintainence for FY 2010-2011-KURA/LE/KITUI 004.

Others include Laipoli, Kainuk and Kakuma Dams in Turkana, Ivingoni Earth Dam, Kabuta Water Dam, Kwa Moroto, Toyet, Dainamoi and Kurtan Dams in West Pokot, Bayet Dam in Uasin Ngishu, Ithanga Water project, Nzoia Flood Control, Maruba Dam, Hohwe Earth Dam, Sabul Moi Water Pan, Budalangi Dykes, Kaimet Dam, Nyaribo Water Project, Kapowen Dam, Mutaranga Concrete Dam and Thiha Sagana Irrigation project.

Appointment as KRA Boss

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On Friday 18th November 2022, President William Ruto appointed Anthony Mwaura as new Board Chairperson of Kenya revenue Authority (KRA) for a period of three years. 

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6(2) (a) of the Kenya Revenue Authority Act, I, William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chi9ef of the Defence Forces appoint Anthony Ng’ang’a Mwaura to be the Chairperson of Kenya Revenue Authority, for a period of three years with effect from 18th November 2022,” read a part of the gazette notice.

Court Case

Antony Ng’ang’a hit the headlines in 2020 after he was accused of purchasing five vehicles from proceed of corruption. His bank accounts and vehicles were frozen by High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi, following an application by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA).

The seized vehicles included a Mercedes Benz, Toyota Vanguard, Toyota Lexus, Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Hilux. Antony Ng’ang’a refuted the claims arguing that three of the vehicles seized were bought before the companies secured tenders with City Hall.

On 22nd November 2018, Hardi Enterprises received Ksh 102,414,130 from City Hall through its Equity Bank.

The money was split into five branches of Ksh 5,156,118, Ksh 48,651,988, Ksh 26,154,700, Ksh 18,063,443 and Ksh 4,387,839. Some of the money was later transferred to Toddy and the rest too the then Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko accounts.

Another Equity Bank account frozen received a Ksh 175.5 million in eight batches from 15th October to 22nd November 2018 from Nairobi county government.

ARA told the court that the companies were used by Sonko to embezzle county government funds. Mwaura however dismissed the allegations claiming that the companies were undertaking 15 various projects in the county.

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