“She has been taken to Othoro police station for interrogation. She would be taken to court for defying the government directives'
Police in Homa Bay raided a bar and arrested the woman owner along with 15 patrons.
Bars and entertainment premises have been ordered closed because of the coronavirus
The arrests were made on Tuesday after residents said the woman was promoting gatherings of people in Kadongo market in Kabondo Kasipul constituency.
They acted on a tip-off from concerned members of the public who said the woman defied government orders.
The owner of the bar is reported to have deliberately risked the lives of patrons by allowing them to converge at her premises.
“The social distancing order by the government was also violated in the bar. Clients continued to converge for drinks and dance which is against the directive," resident Samuel Owida said.
He said the bar was playing loud music on Monday which attracted people.
Homa Bay county police commander Esther Seroney said her officers raided the bar on Tuesday and arrested the owner.
“She has been taken to Othoro police station for interrogation. She will be taken to court for defying the government directives,” Seroney said.
The police boss said some people escaped through the back door during the raid.
“We’ve also recommended to the Homa Bay government to revoke the licence of the bar,” she said.
“Let’s be responsible people who adhere to the government directive on social distancing. You can do this by staying at home,” Seroney said.
Security officers have also increased patrol and vigilance Lake Victoria beaches to ensure residents do promote the transmission of the coronavirus.
edited by p. obuya