In a matter heard virtually, High Court Judge Alfred Mabeya of the Milimani Commercial Division directed KRA, its officers, associates and agencies to “unseal the packaging line and stores” for the Keroche Industries.
The court further directed the taxman to reactivate the exercisable goods management systems (EGMS) and allow the company to carry on with its business.
“The honorable court be pleased to, and hereby, issue orders restraining the respondent (KRA), its officers, associates, partners and those acting through it from closing, interfering with, disrupting the business of the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the application of the inter parties,” read the court order.
The court further directed the brewer to continue meeting its tax obligation without fail.
The case will be mentioned on September 22, 2022,
The tax standoff pitting the liquor company and the taxman over accrued tax arrears of over a period of one year saw the company’s operations shut down, exposing over 400 workers and thousands of others in its distribution network to go without work.
More than 400 workers at the Naivasha-based Keroche Breweries breathed a sigh of relief after a court ordered the reopening of the company pending the hearing and determination of a case filed by the brewer.