Following public outcry regarding noise pollution, Governor Johnson Sakaja of Nairobi has now revoked the licenses of nightclubs that operate in residential areas.
In a statement obtained by Citizen Digital on Friday, Governor Sakaja stated that his administration would no longer issue or renew licenses for nightclubs located in residential areas.
As a result, he added that the existing establishments will now only be open during specific hours as bars and restaurants.
The statement that was signed by Nairobi County Secretary Dr. Jairus Musumba read, "Henceforth night club licenses will be issued to premises only within the Central Business District and specified streets in other non-residential areas."
“Bars and restaurants in residential areas have a responsibility to operate within the allotted time frame and to limit the amount of noise they produce.In particular, music must stop by 10 p.m.
The assertion further added: "All alcohol selling premises in the District ought to give adequate stopping to customer base.Impounded vehicles are those that obstruct roadways and footpaths.
This comes two months after calls calling for the closure of at least 43 bars in the city's uptown neighborhoods due to noise pollution were turned down by the county government.
On October 12, Nairobi Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri stated that the county government would not shut down any bars as long as they adhered to the law.
DG Muchiri stated that the current leadership is focused on expanding the business environment and creating more opportunities in that sector during an address to members of the Bar Owners Association and Residents' Association at a stakeholder consultative forum in Nairobi.
"We are about creating opportunities and developing a conducive environment for the business community to thrive," Muchiri stated at the time. "We are not closing people's business in Nairobi; people must also comply with the laws governing the running of the business."
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