Keroche Breweries has gone to Court against the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) boss Githii Mburu Over what the brewery terms as disobedience against a court order to reopen the brewery.
Keroche alleges Mr. Mburu disobeyed court orders issued on July 14 for KRA to reopen the Naivasha factory and permit the brewer to continue operations while the tax evasion lawsuit is being resolved.
“The court order was issued in presence of the KRA’s lawyer and on July 15, 2022, at 4.30 pm KRA was furnished with the same order which they acknowledged receipt and stamped on the same,” read part of the court papers by the brewery.
The Company has further stated that it is in the verge of losing over Sh. 350 million value of beer.
The brewery was shut down last month after violating agreements to pay KRA Sh957 million in tax arrears over a 24-month period and failing to pay even a single cent in duty from beer sales since its reopening in March.
After the court order to reopen the brewery, KRA went to the high court to challenge the decision to reopen the brewery.
The push and pull by the brewery and the tax agency has caused the brewery be in verge of making more losses and the over 400 laid off workers remaining jobless as the country’s economic position being at its worst.
The country’s economic position has affected the prices of commodities, the inflation levels and an increased unemployment rate.