Orengo Leaves Court in Stitches During Tycoons' Case

  • File photo of Siaya Senator, James Orengo in court. File
  • There was humour at the Milimani Law Courts, on Friday, during the hearing of a case against Keroche Breweries Limited owners, Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja.

    Siaya Senator, James Orengo, who was representing the couple, left the court in stitches after he quoted the Bible, Matthew 19:6 in a bid to persuade the judge.

    “In the Bible, we are told that what God has put together let no man put asunder.

    “My lord, yesterday we saw Karanja get released at night and the wife, Tabitha, left to spend the night in custody. We pray that this doesn’t happen again,” he urged the judge amid laughter from the court.

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    Keroche Breweries Directors Joseph Karanja with Tabitha Karanja before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi to answer charges of Tax Evasion on August 23,2019.

    The senator was referring to Thursday night's incarceration of Tabitha, as police set Joseph free on medical grounds.

    Orengo further applauded the prosecution, led by Catherine Mwaniki and Alexander Muteti for not opposing bail for his client, as is normally the case.

    "It's not lost to us that the prosecution has not opposed bail. That is progress and it makes work easier," he declared.

    However, in his rejoinder, Muteti also quoted the Bible, like Orengo, stating that people must "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar."

    The two bosses of Keroche Breweries were arrested by detectives, on Thursday, in their Naivasha-based headquarters and driven to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.

    The company has been accused of evading payment of Ksh12.34 billion VAT for stamps (Ksh329.4 million), Crescent Vodka (Ksh135.4 million) among other products.

    Keroche is also accused of evading payment of excise duty amounting to Ksh2.1 billion for the same items.

    The couple was released on Ksh10 million and Ksh2 million cash bails respectively after denying charges levelled against them by the state.

    Tabitha and her husband Karanja were represented by Orengo, Murang'a Senator, Irungu Kang'ata and lawyers Kioko Kilukumi and Kiragu Kimani.

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    Keroche Breweries Directors Joseph Karanja with Tabitha Karanja alongside other guests during a past launch.