Businesswoman Anerlisa Muigai has reacted to the closure of her parents’ business.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) closed down Keroche Breweries over a KSh 332 million tax row.
In a statement on her InstaStories, Anerlisa shared her statement on the same disclosing how her company, Nero Company was affected by the closure.
She also wondered why it has been hard to find help in solving the brewery’s closure.
“It’s so sad that Keroche has been shut down and nobody seems to want to listen, help or negotiate
“We (Nero Company) happen to share the same compound with them and I must say, it has been very sad seeing Keroche closed for two months and even worse, about 650 people are stranded wondering when Keroche will start being operational and are also at risk of losing their jobs,” Anerlisa said.
Anerlisa further wondered how upcoming businesses would thrive if big companies like Keroche can be easily closed down.
“Every time I ask myself if at all a big company like Keroche can be shut down just like that how do we and other upcoming businesses get the strength to continue running our businesses?” She posed.
The businesswoman also toom issue with KRA’s decision to warn banks from lending money to the company.
“How do you get your taxes paid by closing Keroche and on top of that you tell all the banks not to give them a loan. How inhuman can one get? At this point, I’ll leave everything to God. May God help us all,” Anerlisa added.
Following the closure, CEO Tabitha Karanja, is now seeking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention after KRA refused further negotiations.
Speaking in Naivasha, Karanja said the company is in a position to pay the said amount in taxes but only if given a grace period, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the business.
She requested Uhuru to facilitate the reopening of the brewery and KRA to give them a grace period of one year to clear the tax arrears.
“Keroche is capable of remitting over KSh 21B every year in tax and a positive consideration of this appeal will be a win for both the company and KRA,” Karanja said.
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