Mrs Pamela Ahago has been appointed by KRA as the Acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Control (C&BC) effective 25th April 2020. Until her appointment, Mrs. Ahago has been serving as Deputy Commissioner, Policy and International Affairs, from July 2019. She will steer the C&BC Department as Commissioner Kevin Safari is on a three–month leave.
Mrs. Ahago joined KRA in July 1996 as Collector 1 in then Customs & Excise Department and worked in various tasks until July 2002, when she was promoted to the rank of an Assistant Commissioner. She has worked in different divisions as a Senior Assistant Commissioner. and in July 2015, she was appointed as the acting Chief Manager. Mrs. Ahago was promoted to the position of a Chief Manager in February 2017 and worked in Trade Facilitation. In July 2019, she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.
Mrs. Ahago is a trained negotiator with experience in regional and international negotiations. She has represented KRA in regional and international negotiations on trade. Some of the trade agreements she has negotiated include the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TEA) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Prior to KRA, Mrs. Ahago has worked with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) as head of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (RILO ESA). As an expert of Rules of Origin, she has participated in the formulation of both the East Africa Community (EAC) and the Common Market for East Africa and Southern Region (COMESA).