Friday August 23, 2019 - Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino, has faulted the Government over the arrest of Keroche Breweries CEO, Tabitha Karanja, and her husband, Joseph Karanja, for evading tax worth Sh 14.5 billion.

Expressing his frustrations on social media, the ODM MP castigated the Public Revenue Collection team, together with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, for accusing private enterprises, invading them and carrying out arrests in Kenya.

While referring to the recent ban on some betting firms in the country, Owino said that the Government seemed more concerned with the destruction of private businesses than their continued prosperity.

“When you slap a business with a 41 billion tax assessment and thereafter, another with a 14 billion shilling assessment, the resultant effect can only be their closure,” Owino said.

“This is the same thing that has been done to the betting companies.”

“And the strange thing about it all is that all these companies had previously been given a clean bill of health and some even awards by the Kenya Revenue Authority.” Owino added

The lawmaker appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to rein in on Government agents and encourage them to pursue dialogue with business owners regarding escalating tax issues.

“The Government must first talk to business before pursuing such extreme measures as arrest and arraignment.”

“Otherwise, business owners will seek out more friendly and stable environments in which to operate such as Uganda or Tanzania,” he stated.


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