President William Ruto has urged the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to embrace technology to boost revenue collection.

He insisted that the aversion to upgrading revenue administration technologies was a signal of underhand dealings.

“It suggests that arbitrary, opaque and corruptible revenue collection methods are the preferred modus operandi.

Speaking at Times Tower in Nairobi on Friday after filing his tax returns, he said KRA must make their tax system simple, transparent and fair to collect more.

The Head of State regretted that KRA has been sluggish in facilitating Kenyans to honour their obligations.

The President said KRA must undertake “serious and effective” culture change and adopt the best technologies to facilitate revenue mobilisation.

He maintained that the authority must stop the drama of pretending to be fighting with stakeholders over new technology.

“You have to avoid irritating Kenyans with proposals to change names and tackle collusion and wanton bribe-taking that facilitate revenue leakages.

President Ruto added that through a radical transformation, KRA can attain its full contribution.

Mr Rigathi said the Government was keen on mobilising local resources to drive its development agenda.

“We are weaning ourselves of foreign debts, which are choking us,” he said.