Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner-general John Njiraini will continue serving as the chief taxman, pending the determination of a case seeking his removal.
Justice Nelson Abuodha Tuesday ruled that the case should be concluded before March 3, the date when Mr Njiraini is expected to have left office.
While ruling on the suit filed by activist Okiya Omtatah, Justice Aboudha said Mr Njiraini is a man of means and can be ordered to refund whatever money he would have received as KRA boss, if the court finds that he is in office illegally.
The judge declined to order Mr Njiraini to step aside pending determination of the case.
He directed the KRA board, through lawyer Waweru Gatonye, and other respondents to file any additional papers within 20 days and Mr Omtatah to file any responses 10 days later.
The case will be mentioned on February 7.
Mr Omtatah argues that Mr Njiraini should be on terminal leave pending retirement, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years on December 19.
He wants the court to compel the KRA board of directors and Treasury secretary Henry Rotich to appoint an acting commissioner- general. -Business Daily