Karen Hospital warns against detaining Keroche boss Joseph Karanja in police cell

Karen Hospital warns against detaining Keroche boss Joseph Karanja in police cell
Keroche Director Joseph Karanja is led out of his office in Naivasha by detectives on August 22, 2019.

The Karen Hospital in Nairobi has warned that Keroche director Joseph Karanja should not be detained in a police cell.

A statement from Dr. D.K. Gikonyo released just hours after Mr. Karanja and his wife Tabitha were arrested said he is under medical care.

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“He has a serious medical condition that requires regular medication. He has recently undergone life saving surgery,” Dr. Gikonyo said.

The Hospital further warned that detaining him in a police cell would put Mr. Karanja’s life in danger.

On Thursday, the Keroche directors were arrested at their Naivasha-based brewery after being holed up at their offices for over 12 hours.

The Director of Public Prosecution had issued a warrant for their arrest the previous night.

DPP Noordin Haji ordered that they be arrested and prosecuted for alleged evasion of taxes amounting to Ksh.14.4 billion.

However, in a quick rejoinder, Mrs. Karanja accused the DPP and the Kenya Revenue Authority of targeting her.

She insists that the only dispute is over applicable rate for Viena Ice ready-to-drink vodka, a matter that is being handled in court.

KRA has since released a statement rubbishing the allegations of malice and prejudice.

On Thursday, the taxman maintained that they are pursuing those who have “deliberately chosen to evade taxes”.

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