EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Wholesalers and Staff of Banjul Breweries Limited Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration march to pile pressure on the government to review its excise tax policy.
Scores of protesters expressed grievances over what some described as the government’s uninspiring attitude towards the company since the beginning of the standoff a few weeks ago.
Over hundred and fifty staffs held a peaceful march on the busy Brikama – Banjul highway this morning, carrying a banner titled “Why do you want to close down Banjul Breweries, a company that has operated for 42 years”.
Speaking to Eye Africa TV, the engineering manager Alagie Ceesay expressed fear of losing their jobs if the situation is not addressed
For his part the secretary of the whole and retail sellers Association Uhsermei Jamamedou added the tax increase have affected the entire whole sellers for that reason they joined the peaceful demonstrations before it causes more harm.
Officials at Banjul Breweries have complained about the tax increase from 10% to 75%, describing it as unfair, unwarranted and an affront to push the company out of business.