Keroche Breweries is set to lay off over 400 employees as tax issues with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) heighten.
In a series of tweets, Karanja now says close to 400 people will be rendered jobless should the company shut down.
I was thinking aloud on Sunday afternoon and pondering how I will relay the painful message to our employees on Monday that we will be laying them off as a result of KRA’s closure. The company is at the verge of laying off over 400 employees due to the illegal, punitive and draconian actions by the KRAShe wrote in part.
Tabitha also said that she felt bad for all the beer that would be drained down. I was also at pains as I looked at all the beer in the tanks that we shall be forced to drain to waste.
Tabitha calls out relevant ministries
She is thus calling on all stakeholders to come together and avert the situation while ideally calling on the government to implement its policies favorably, more so to the local investors.
This is a national security issue that the ministry MUST be concerned about, yet the casual manner in which job losses are induced by reckless application of government policy, suggests that the gravity of the problem is yet to get home to the ministry.
Karanja stated that the company will also be seeking a moratorium on the debt as they sort out the situation.
In her statement, she also thanked Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate of putting aside their differences so as to “support the local Kenyan industry which is under siege.”
“We note with appreciation that this weighty business matter facing Keroche Breweries has been separated from politics and its sideshows,” she stated.
She explained that “there have been tax disputes dating back to 2002 and the company in exercising its constitutional right to fair taxation should not be blacklisted.” The company had been shut down once again in March this year. See article.