Keroche owners slapped with Sh27m to bail out selves and firm

By Bernice Mbugua On Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 12:02 | < 1 min read
Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph
Tabitha Karanja and her husband, Joseph, when they appeared in Nairobi court on August 23, 2019. PHOTO | NANCY GITONGA | MEDIAMAX NETWORK LTD
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    The couple was arraigned and charged with 10 counts of tax evasion.

In a precedent-setting ruling, Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on Friday gave Keroche Breweries owner Joseph Karanja seven days to get Sh2 million cash bail to secure his freedom.

Tabitha Karanja and her husband were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of tax evasion related to Sh14.4 billion that the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji claimed their firm failed to remit to the taxman.

Tabitha, who is the chief executive officer of the beer firm, was ordered to pay Sh10 million cash bail while the husband — who is the firm’s chairman — will part with Sh2 million.

Their firm has also been charged and has to pay Sh15 million cash bail, giving the total amount the couple will pay in bail to Sh27 million.

More follows.