Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga has come to the defence of Keroche Breweries after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) shut down the beer manufacturer for failing to pay tax arrears.
Speaking in Murang’a County on Friday, 17th June, during a meeting with Mt Kenya Foundation leaders, Raila urged the government to avoid harsh measures that damage important businesses in the name of collecting revenue.
The former Prime Minister said the government should control taxes and provide investors with proper payment regulations that allow them to be compliant.
“It is not right to become punitive in terms of taxes. If taxes are too high, there is a tendency to evade them, but if they are low and manageable, people will pay. Don’t close a business because the owner has defaulted on paying taxes,” Raila pleaded.
“That is why I am telling them: Let Keroche go, don’t kill Keroche. If she cannot pay today, let her pay tomorrow. Spread out the payment. She is a Kenyan… Where can she run away to?”
If elected on August 9, Raila said that his administration would defend the private sector by enacting sound tax legislation that would assist investors and business owners to become tax compliant.
The Naivasha-based company was shut down on Tuesday, 14th June, by KRA over unpaid taxes.