In a starling ironic turn of events, after the Kenya Kwanza Alliance leveled sustained attacks on the Uhuru Kenyatta regime for reportedly cracking down on businesses, they appear to have also done more or less the same. At the heart of the matter is money unpaid to the relevant authorities by local businesses.
Social circles are rife with stories of an establishment on Thika Road which, owing to the high power costs, began stealing electricity, after their charges rose to 20 thousand a day. They were allegedly caught and now their fate is likely to be worse as they face a total shutdown and even incarceration. A tweet speaking of the same, and which has since gone viral, read,
Munjiru wa mbari ya Karanja
Damn, a club on Thika road uses 20k every day on KPLC tokens and the figure is a about to rise after they were busted for stealing power. Doing business in Kenya isn’t a joke
Worth noting is that, back in June, then Deputy President William Ruto defended Keroche Breweries, the firm associated with then Nakuru Senate candidate Tabitha Karanja, which the taxman had shut down over tax arrears.
The DP, who was accompanied by other Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA) leaders Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula in his tour of Kisii, said the government had closed the Naivasha-based brewery, locking out hundreds of employees.
Day earlier, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) had closed the local brewer over fresh tax arrears amounting to Sh322 million.
Dr Ruto said more than 400 staff had been rendered jobless and more than 3,000 families that depend on the company affected by its closure.
He explained that Keroche is a big industrialist, employing many Kenyans and giving business to others.
“To say that Keroche has been closed because of the political persuasion of Mama Keroche is the worst insult and worst form of impunity in the Republic of Kenya,” he said.
“The only mistake the Keroche woman has committed is to decline joining Azimio. Your days are numbered. You cannot close Keroche because of political issues. That is pure politics,” said Dr Ruto, who termed Azimio la Umoja Coalition a group of anti-business leaders.
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