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Keroche workers seek Uhuru’s intervention in KRA tax row

Employees from Keroche Breweries have petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene over the ongoing tax row between the company and KRA.

The more than 400 workers took to the streets on Wednesday to bring to public their plight arising from a tax dispute between their employer and the Kenya Revenue Authority.

They said they have not been paid for four months and now risk being sent home unless the dispute is resolved.

Last week, the tax collector closed down the Naivasha based brewery after defaulting on an earlier agreed plan to repay tax arrears totaling to Sh300m.

The authority went ahead to issue agency notices to several banks against lending the brewer, fully paralyzing the operations of the company.

The workers who peacefully marched to the Naivasha Labour office said their only hope now lies with the President.

Their welfare chairman John Odhiambo said that the issue was no longer a Keroche-KRA matter as more 400 people and their families who depend on the company face the sack.

“We are kindly pleading with the President and the Ministry of Labour to intervene as tens of families are undergoing untold suffering,” he said.


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