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Nairobi MCAs decry revocation of night club licenses

At least 43 entertainment joints in Nairobi have been earmarked for closure over noise pollution.

In Summary

• They have termed the directive by County director of liquor Hesborn Agwena as  oppression of hustlers who are trying to earn a living.

• The nightclubs are mainly located in Kibra, Roysambu, Lang'ata, Westlands, Roysambu, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Kamukunji.

Karura MCA Fiu Nifiu, Umoja One MCA Mark Mugambi and Wiathaka MCA Anton Kiragu addressing the media on October 4, 2022
Karura MCA Fiu Nifiu, Umoja One MCA Mark Mugambi and Wiathaka MCA Anton Kiragu addressing the media on October 4, 2022
Image: MAUREEN KINYANUI

A section of Nairobi MCAs have vowed to protect traders whose entertainment spots have been earmarked for closure for noise pollution.

They have termed the directive by County director of liquor Hesborn Agwena as  oppression of hustlers who are trying to earn a living.

“Agwena is trying to frustrate the business people due to his selfish reasons and we will not allow hustlers to be oppressed under the Kenya Kwanza Government,” Waithaka MCA Antony Kiragu said.

On Monday, Agwena announced that at least 43 entertainment joints in Nairobi will be closed down for noise pollution.

Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board commenced the revocation of licenses of the entertainment joints in accordance with the Licensing ACT 2014.

Agwena said in a statement that the move followed numerous complaints from residents about the clubs.

"The complaints have also been received by the County environment compliance and enforcement officers and despite arrests and arraignment in court, the proprietors have refused to comply and continue to contravene the stipulated licensing conditions," he said.

As a result, Agwena instructed the cancellation, revocation and closure of the 43 premises.

The nightclubs are mainly located in Kibra, Roysambu, Lang'ata, Westlands, Roysambu, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Kamukunji.

However, the MCAs urged the targeted club and bar owners not to shut down until consultations are done.

Umoja One MCA Mark Mugambi  said the Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board was out of order for closing down the pubs without giving notice.

"The liquor director should resign because he has demonstrated how incompetent he is.  He should have issued a notice before revoking the licenses as the law requires.” 

Mugambi further noted that before the licenses were issued to the clubs, the premises were inspected and found to be in order.

The ward reps have threatened to table a motion in the assembly to remove Agwena from office if he refuses to resign.

Karura MCA Fiu Nifiu called on Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja to order investigations in the trade and licensing department as well as the revocation of the licenses of the clubs.

"Sakaja should look into the matter because revocation of these licenses will render hundreds unemployed and increase the rate of unemployment in Nairobi,’ Nifiu said.


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