"We are motivated by assurance that KRA won't be misused by competitors"- Keroche lauds President's Ruto's tax plan

for Tv47 Digital September 16, 2022, 03:16 PM
Tabitha Karanja Keroche
President William Ruto and Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja Keroche. PHOTO/FILE

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  • Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja welcomes president William Ruto move to urge KRA not to close businesses

Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja has welcomed the assurance by President William Ruto that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will no longer be used as agency for harassing businesses over alleged non-payment of taxes.

In a statement released through social media, Karanja, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Naivasha-based alcoholic drinks manufacturer Keroche Breweries, thanked President Ruto for pledging an "a conducive business environment."

Keroche has been at logger heads with the taxman over alleged non-compliance with tax obligations. Earlier this year, the factory was temporarily shut over a KSh30 million. 

"We welcome the assurance that Kenyan businesses will get equal opportunities and an enabling, conducive business environment.

"His assurance that ease of doing business in this country will be a priority is something we wholeheartedly appreciate. We are motivated by the assurance that KRA will not be used by competitors to close local businesses because of tax arrears or tax disputes whereby they tarnish local enterprises' reputations as tax evaders putting them at risk to access finance from our banks."

She added: "We are inspired by your promise to see every Kenyan's dream become valid and ensure that success stories become the norm rather than the exception in Kenya." 

On Sunday, September 11, Ruto said his government had agreed with the taxman to propagate a cordial working relationship that will see the local business flourish.

"We have already agreed with them that they will have decorum and respect and we will plan together with them so that every Kenyan pays their tax, and I will be on the front line to pay my taxes so that the rest may follow my lead.

"We have an opportunity to revive our economy. That opportunity is for us to stop borrowing money, and we must stop it. But for us to stop it, all of us who own a business must pay our taxes for us to have funds to run our nation," Ruto said.

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