Keroche Breweries owners Tabitha and Joseph Karanja arrested
SEE ALSO :Tabitha: 'My competitors are after me'Thursday afternoon, court issued a search and arrest warrant to DCI officers seeking to arrest the couple who had locked themselves in their factory in Naivasha. Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja has however rubbished allegations that she owes KRA Sh14 billion in unremitted taxes terming the claims as a new war by her competitors. "I’m shocked by the new allegations levelled against me, my husband and Keroche Breweries and this is pure malice," she said. She questioned the timing of the arrest orders, just two weeks after she launched the KB Lager noting that the move was meant to intimidate her. "This is a vendetta war launched by my competitors and am ready to face the taxman and the DPP to prove my innocence (sic)," she said.
SEE ALSO :DPP Haji trains his guns on KerocheNakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has condemned the manner in which KRA is treating the owners of the company which has employed over 500 people directly. In a statement, the governor said that the onslaught against investors could derail employment and investment opportunities in the county. Kenyans also took to the social media to lash out at the government and defend the Naivasha-based company noting that this spelt doom for local entrepreneurs. Allegations Ordering the arrest, Mr Haji said Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Githii Mburu submitted an inquiry file to his office on August 18 and an audit which established that Keroche had evaded tax totalling Sh14,451,836,375. The Karanjas' arrest comes hot on the heels of the arrest and arraignment of another beverage impresario — Humphrey Kariuki of Wow Beverages and Africa Spirits over alleged tax evasion. on Monday, August 19, the billionaire appeared at the Milimani Law Courts in the company of lawyer Kioko Kilukumi to answer to charges of tax evasion. Mr Kariuki and 10 others mainly drawn from Wow beverages and Africa Spirits are accused of among other things, evading tax amounting to more than Sh41 billion.
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