In Summary
  • Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja spends night at Muthaiga police cell.
  • Her husband, the brewery's chairman, was released after his doctors intervened.
  • The duo to be arraigned over tax evasion following their arrest on Thursday.

Owners of Keroche Breweries Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja have been arraigned Friday morning to answer to up to 10 charges related to tax evasion.

Mrs Karanja spent the night at the Muthaiga Police Station but her husband was released late on Thursday night on the intervention of his doctors.

Karen Hospital asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to release Mr Karanja citing a serious medical condition they said would worsen if the tycoon spent the night in police custody.

“This is to satisfy that Mr Karanja is in our medical care. He has recently undergone life saving surgery,” said the hospital in a statement.

“Keeping him in police custody will greatly endanger his life,” the hospital explained.

TAX DISPUTES

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji Wednesday ordered their arrest and arraignment to answer to charges of tax fraud committed between January 2015 and June 2019.

Keroche CEO Mrs Karanja has accused the taxman of selective and unfair targeting, arguing that she has always followed the law and was shocked to be accused of tax evasion when the matters were still under a tax tribunal.

“There is nowhere in the world where you can build a business having complied all through and still be subjected to such embarrassment and intimidation,” Mrs Karanja said, protesting her arrest and that of her husband Joseph.

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