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Thursday, March 10, 2022 – Deputy President William Ruto’s ally has hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta, accusing him of killing local industries.
This comes barely days after Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) closed down Naivasha-based brewing company (Keroche Breweries) over KSh332 million tax arrears that accrued since February 2021.
Speaking during an interview, Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei accused Uhuru of overseeing an unfair taxation regime that has driven several businesses to close down, including Keroche after its owner Tabitha Karanja joined DP Ruto’s camp.
She observed that the taxman should not shut down local industries because they won’t be in a position to pay the taxes.
She said just like any other company, Keroche Breweries suffered mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which significantly affected business models, and termed the closure of the Naivasha-based brewer as unacceptable.
Shollei challenged the president to waive the KSh 332 million tax bill Keroche Breweries owes Kenya Revenue Authority just like he did with NCBA bank in 2019.
“When NIC Bank and CBA bank merged, they were supposed to pay KSh 330 million in taxes.
“The taxes were waived and they paid zero taxes. So why can’t the government, the same KRA who waived taxes for the NIC bank and CBA bank merger not waive the taxes for a local industry which is a homegrown industry?
“Kenyans should not forget that 24 percent of CBA bank was owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family. Obviously, he (President Uhuru Kenyatta) is giving tax exemptions to his own family business so that their business can survive and kill indigenous Kenyan businesses,” she said.
Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja has expressed ambition for the Nakuru senatorial seat on Deputy President William Ruto’s (UDA) party.
The Kenyan DAILY POST