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Anerlisa Muigai speaks in the wake of Keroche Breweries’ shutdown

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By Olivia Mungwana.

Anerlisa Muigai, heiress of Keroche Industries and CEO of Nero Company, has expressed her dissatisfaction with her parents’ breweries’ closing.

Ms Muigai expressed her displeasure with the government’s handling of the company’s Sh332 million tax arrears in an online posting to her almost one million followers.

During the first two months of 2022, the celebrity entrepreneur witnessed operations at Keroche come to a halt, she said.

“It’s so sad that Keroche has been shut down and nobody seems to want to listen, help or negotiate. We (Nero Company) happen to share the same compound with them and I must say, it has been very sad seeing Keroche closed for 2 months and even worse, about 650 people are stranded wondering when Keroche will start being operational and are also at risk of losing their jobs.

“How do we and other upcoming businesses get the strength to continue running our businesses? How do you get your taxes paid by closing Keroche and on top of that you tell all the banks not to give them a loan? How inhuman can one get?” Anerlisa’s statement read.

Tabitha Karanja, the CEO of Keroche Breweries, has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to assist salvage the enterprise, which is currently facing permanent closure owing to a conflict with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Tabitha claimed in a news conference on Friday, March 4, that the company is about to dismiss over 250 staff home and dump alcohol worth over Sh512 million that is now held in tanks.

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KRA cease operations at the company in December 2021 after defaulting on Sh332 million in tax arrears, she explained.

“The recent closure by KRA has drained all our resources and unfortunately if nothing is done in the next seven days, we will be forced to drain down all the beer and lay down over 250 direct employees and thousands within our nationwide distribution network,” Mrs Karanja said.

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