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Friday, March 4, 2022 – Over 250 employees from Keroche Breweries will be jobless after Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) closed the Naivasha-based plant over a Sh 322 million tax row.

The shut down came even after the brewer asked the taxman for a grace period to clear the tax obligation saying the Covid-19 pandemic had adversely affected its revenue flows.

Chief Executive Officer Tabitha Karanja petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene, saying efforts to get an audience with the KRA Commissioner General had hit a snag.

Karanja revealed that the authority closed down the factory with over two million litres of beer worth Sh512 million still in tanks.

She said the liquor will go to waste in seven days.

“This has drained all our resources and unfortunately if nothing is done in the next seven days, we will be forced to drain all the beer and lay off over 250 direct employees,” Karanja said.

Sources said Karanja is being punished by the Jubilee regime for joining Deputy President William Ruto‘s party, United Democratic Alliance, last month.

Karanja is vying for the Nakuru Senate seat using the UDA party.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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