Gachagua terms Uhuru’s govt decision to close down businesses over tax disputes as foolish decision adding that it won’t happent under the current govt.
President William Ruto’s administration would not shut down businesses due to tax disagreements with the Kenya Revenue Authority, according to Vice President Rigathi Gachagua (KRA).
While citing Gachagua the example of businessman Humphrey Kariuki’s distillery, which was closed down by the KRA, Gachagua urged for dialogue with investors, saying that it is essential to development.
He described it as a foolish decision for the former government under Uhuru Kenyatta to close down businesses over tax dispute.
“That factory was paying about Sh50 million in terms of tax every month. They sent DCI there, policemen, shut it down, arrested Humphrey Kariuki, a very enterprising Kenyan, a very honorable man, a man who was toiled through his life and built,” he stated.
“African Distillers factory owned by Humphrey Kariuki was closed & it was paying Ksh. 50M every month in terms of tax & for 3yrs we have lost Ksh.1.8B, money that we need in this country. That was a foolish decision and that will never happen in this administration.”
While encouraging Kenyans to diligently pay their taxes, he encouraged the tax agency to collect dues owed in a dignified manner.
“For a cow to produce milk, you have to give it hay. Europeans go a step further, they play country music to cows to produce milk. We have told them to look after taxpayers the way you look after a good dairy cow,” he stated.