HEARING ON JANUARY 27

State lines up 14 witnesses in Keroche tax evasion case

CEO Tabitha Karanja appears in court, board chairman Joseph Karanja unwell

In Summary

•Chief magistrate Martha Mutuku told 217  documentary evidence will be adduced

•Keroche case will be heard continuously at the end of January next year

Keroche Breweries directors Joseph Karanja and Tabitha Karanja before chief magistrate Francis Andayi on August 23, 2019.
OUT ON BOND: Keroche Breweries directors Joseph Karanja and Tabitha Karanja before chief magistrate Francis Andayi on August 23, 2019.
Image: ENOS TECHE

The prosecution in the criminal case against Keroche Breweries on Tuesday said they will call 14 witnesses.

During the pre-trial conference, chief magistrate Martha Mutuku was told 217  documentary evidence will be adduced.

The case will commence on January 27 next year and take five days. Magistrate asked the prosecution to provide a guide on how the  proceedings will be conducted.

Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja appeared in court while the board chairman Joseph Karanja was absent. Defence lawyer Kioko Kilikumi said Joseph is unwell and he will be filing a medical report on his condition.

Tabitha is out of custody on a cash bail of Sh10 million while Karanja was given a Sh2 million cash bail with an alternative bond of Sh5 million and a similar surety.

Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi while announcing Karanja’s bail terms said he was given a lesser amount due to his bad health which was admitted by the defence and prosecution.

The duo was charged alongside their company Keroche Breweries Limited. The court ordered Tabitha to deposit a cash bail of Sh15 million within seven days failure to which all the directors would be arrested and detained until the conditions set out by the court were complied with.

The court further ordered them to deposit their passports within seven days and that they could not leave the  jurisdiction of  the court without permission.

They  were  arrested on August 22 and held at the Nairobi DCI offices. However, Joseph was released at 10am after his doctor’s intervention over his health status.

The prosecution told court that on diverse dates between February  2015  and  February 2016, the duo made incorrect statements to the Kenya Revenue Authority over payment of  income tax amounting to  Sh 14.5 billion.