KRA moves to court blocking order to reopen Keroche

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) moved to High Court to request a vacation of an order by the same court compelling it to reopen Keroche Breweries.

“It is the Authority’s view that the case filed in court by Keroche and the orders sought go contrary to previous orders issued by the same court and the consent agreements arrived at and signed by the two parties,” stated KRA Commissioner for Legal Services & Board Coordination Paul Matuku.

Keroche Breweries moved to court in a fresh application (HCCC NO.E250 OF 2022) to challenge the closure of its Naivasha plant on May 15.

The closure of the brewer was occasioned by failure by the company to a resettlement plant that would have seen settle Ksh.957 million in tax arrears in two years’ time.

In its application, Keroche stated it had been unable to honour the payment schedule given the tough operating environment and the short-run to the payment of the first instalment.

The court in its directions issued last Friday framed up a new repayment plan for Keroche that would see the brewer pay an initial Ksh.8 million instalment on the tax arrears and thereafter make a similar payment on the 30th day of each month until the next hearing date.

Keroche was nevertheless directed to honour all its current tax arrears in time.

The hearing of the application is set to continue on September 22.

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