By Shadrack Nyakoe
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has closed down Naivasha-based Keroche Breweries Limited.
The company CEO, Tabitha Karanja, says efforts by the company to seek more time to pay the arrears had hit the wall.
KRA closed down the company over new tax arrears.
Addressing the press in the factory on Tuesday, she said that over 400 workers faced the sack while beer worth over Sh350m could go to waste.
“KRA’s draconian measures against Keroche Breweries constitute a hostile exception to well-established government policies of investment promotion, job creation and support for value addition,” she said.
Flanked by her workers, she said that KRA behaved in a manner that was scandalously oblivious of the need for business resilience to overcome a combination of challenges.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, the brewery was closed for two years because of the measures enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19 and we incurred tax arrears of Sh322m,” she said.
Karanja attributed her woes to the move to join politics through UDA adding that this would not stop her intentions to vie for the senatorial seat in Nakuru.
This is the sixth time in one year that KRA has closed down the Naivasha-based company.