Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has broken his silence following the directive by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji on the arrest of Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Muigai over tax evasion.
The first-term county boss said that more than 500 employees risk losing their jobs if the owners are arrested and charged with claims of Sh14 billion tax fraud.
The governor said that he is saddened by the arrest warrant issued against the billionaires following the directive of the DPP.
“We are greatly saddened by the manner in which KRA is treating local investors and in particular how they have treated the Keroche Industries,” he said, as quoted by Standard.
He also said that he supports the government in the war against tax evasion, asking the DPP to exercise sobriety in the quest to recover missing billions in the government.
Kinyanjui termed the arrest of the Karanja's as a betrayal to the entire nation.
Tabitha affirmed that she is tax compliant. She reiterated that she has paid all her taxes. Tabitha also said that the accusations are fueled by her competitors.
She further said that she had been informed about the tax evasion through social media.