Evelyne Wanjiku Wins Inaugural KRA Golf Open
Railways Golf Club-based golfer, Evelyne Wanjiku, carded a round of 45 points on Friday at the 18-hole Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club to emerge the overall winner of the Inaugural Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Open.
Playing off handicap 34, Wanjiku ended the day one point better than the nearest challenger, Edwin Ombega.
Playing off handicap 27, Ombega ended the day with a haul of 44 points to claim the winner’s spot in the men’s category, one point ahead Edward Kerich who carded a round of 43 points to claim the runner-up spot in the category.
Kerich’s efforts were enough to fend off the challenge of handicap 28 Daniel Mwangi who carded 42 to emerge third in the category ahead of handicap 20, Charles Maitho who finished fourth with 41 points.
Among the ladies, home player Phyllis Kimbo emerged the winner after carding a round of 37 points, finishing one point ahead of Muthaiga’s Mary Wanjiru and two points ahead of the outgoing Limuru Lady captain Wambui Gitonga.
In the nines, golfer George Kirathe was crowned winner with 22 points a piece in the first nine. Commissioner Terra Saidimu scooped the best staff award while Ian Mburu was crowned the winner among the juniors.
In the longest drive contest, Caleb Kositany was crowned the winner in the Men’s category, while Rosemary Koiny took the honours in the ladies’ contest. Meanwhile, Shabir Walgi scooped the top honours in the nearest-to-the-pin contest.
The KRA’s Golf Open event marked the culmination of the Authority’s celebration of Taxpayers Month, which lapsed in October 2021.
Speaking at the event, KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu said:
“KRA is cognisant of the key role played by all stakeholders towards revenue mobilisation and compliance. In view of this realisation, this particular event is meant to cement that engagement with our stakeholders by interacting as we get to understand one another,”
“The potential of our country’s economic progress is rooted in partnership with our stakeholders,” he added.
During the event that was also attended by Justice Alfred Mabeya who represented Chief Justice Hon. Martha Koome, the Authority’s Chairman Amb. Dr. Francis Muthaura assured stakeholders of KRA’s unwavering support and commitment towards enhancing tax compliance and policy implantation.
He said: “We acknowledge that a tax compliant nation is patriotic and economically strong. Through such engagements, we shall keep on leveraging stakeholder engagements to forge solid partnerships and collaborations for the benefit our great nation”
The tournament was also attended by, among others dignitaries, the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury & Planning Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani and his counterpart, the Cabinet Secretary for East African Community & Regional Development Adan Mohhammed.
As part of its CSR activities, KRA has planted over 24,000 trees across the country in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in the month of October.
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