Humphrey Kariuki’s Alcohol manufacturing firm Africa Spirits Limited (ASL) has adked a Nairobi Court to order the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to re-open its factory.
The firm which is facing a Sh41bn tax evasion case says closure of the Thika-based factory, has caused the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to lose over Sh1.2bn in tax. ASL has been closed for the last six months.
Through their lawyer Cecil Miller, ASL and another sister company were remitting Sh150m monthly to KRA in tax.
“I urge this court to direct KRA and the police who took over the factory six months ago to re-open it since huge loses are being incurred affecting the economy greatly,” Mr Miller said.
He told chief magistrate Francis Andayi that the closure of the company was hurting many people.
The lawyer argued that the fate of hundreds of employees hangs in the balance following the closure of the factory and wants the prosecution to speed up the case.
“Since the prosecution had rushed to charge Mr Kariuki and his co-accused, it should be equally quick to prosecute the case,” Miller Said
The lawyer also wondered about the condition of the products stored at the factory and the machinery.
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