Keroche boss Tabitha Karanja arrested over tax evasion


Detectives have arrested Keroche chief executive officer Tabitha Karanja at the breweries premises in Naivasha.
KRA officials and DCI detectives had camped at the premises for the better part of Thursday morning following her arrest order by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
Haji on Wednesday ordered that Keroche Breweries Ltd directors be arrested and arraigned in court over Sh14.45 billion tax fraud.
The directors are Tabitha Mukami and Joseph Karanja.
Haji has said investigations have revealed that the directors, Tabitha Mukami and Joseph Karanja are culpable and should be charged.
According to an audit by KRA which was forwarded to the office of DPP Keroche Breweries had evaded payment of tax totaling Sh14.4 billion.
The company is accused of evading payment of Sh12.34 billion VAT for stamps (Sh329.4 million), Crescent Vodka (Sh135.4 million) among other products.
In a statement on Wednesday, Karanja said the company has not been involved in tax evasion and said it was inappropriate for the firm to be subjected to “humiliation and intimidation”.


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