KRA Set To Reopen Keroche Breweries After New Court Order

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is set to reopen Keroche Breweries Naivasha plant on Friday.

This follows a fresh order by the High Court asking the taxman to reopen the brewer pending the hearing and determination of a contempt of court petition against KRA by the beleaguered company.

“Based on the directions of the Honourable Justice Abigail Mshila, the Keroche factory will be opened tomorrow (Friday) at 11:00am. You are required to avail yourself at the premises for this purpose,” reads a letter by KRA’s Commissioner for Legal Services and Board Co-ordination which is addressed to Keroche Breweries MD Tabitha Karanja.

Keroche’s application for contempt of Court is set to be heard on Tuesday next week.

The judge presiding over the application threatened not to give audience to KRA’s Counsel unless the factory was reopened, forcing the taxman’s hand in opening the factory.

Last week, Keroche filed an application challenging KRA’s appeal against a ruling by the same court which had ordered the reopening of the plant while prescribing a new tax repayment plant by the troubled brewer.

The orders would have seen Keroche pay an initial Ksh.8 million in arrears as the first instalment and the payment of a similar amount every 30th of the month until the next hearing date.

KRA shut Keroche on May 15 arguing the alcoholic beverages manufacturer had failed to honour an earlier repayment plan which would have seen the brewer pay a total of Ksh.957 million across 24 months.

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