THROWS HAT IN THE RING

Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja to vie for Nakuru senatorial seat in 2022

She is currently in a protracted court battle with KRA over tax returns.

In Summary

• Tabitha as she is popularly known has decided to vie for the Senatorial seat in Nakuru county come 2022 after months of consultations.

• According to her, she had decided to enter into the crowded race for the seat after consultations with her family and friends.

The CEO Keroche Breweries Tabitha Karanja (L) and the Chairman Joseph Karanja (C) join traders in launching Vienna Ice Strong Lager at their Naivasha based factory. Tabitha has announced her intentions to vie of the senatorial seat in Nakuru County come next year.
Keroche The CEO Keroche Breweries Tabitha Karanja (L) and the Chairman Joseph Karanja (C) join traders in launching Vienna Ice Strong Lager at their Naivasha based factory. Tabitha has announced her intentions to vie of the senatorial seat in Nakuru County come next year.
Image: George Murage

After over 30 years in business, Naivasha industrialist Tabitha Karanja and owner of Keroche Breweries has decided to enter into politics.

Tabitha as she is popularly known has decided to vie for the Senatorial seat in Nakuru county come 2022 after months of consultations.

The renowned entrepreneur in 2015 shot to the limelight after winning the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (Transformational Business Award).

The 57-year-old who was also the founder of the Naivasha-based brewery in 2010 received Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) from President Mwai Kibaki.

She is currently in a protracted court battle with KRA over tax returns targeting some of the company’s popular brands.

According to her, she had decided to enter into the crowded race for the seat after consultations with her family and friends.

Addressing the press in Naivasha, Karanja said that she had all that was required to vie for the seat that is currently held by Senator Susan Kihika.

“For months we have been involved in consultations with close friends and I feel it’s time I gave this seat a shot,” she said.

She noted that for years, investors had been locked out of the market or bullied due to harsh laws and unfair business practices.

“I have been at the centre of the unfair business practices and given a chance I would introduce laws that would protect investors and increase business opportunities,” she said.

According to political analyst Joel Karani, the entry of Karanja into the senatorial seat would be very interesting given her past business experience and financial muscle.

Edited by D Tarus