June 29th 2017

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Nairobi County to control mushrooming of pubs

Closing down bars and pubs next to institutions and residential areas will reduce the claims of students and underage from purchasing liquor or consuming the drinks in school premises or their homes.

By David Mutuadmutua@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 14 Feb 2017 14:42 EAT

Nairobi City County government has stopped issuing of licenses to new liquor sellers and ordered a review of the existing ones in a bid to control the number of bars and pubs near schools and residential areas.

The County Executive for Trade, Anna Othoro, said in a statement that they have started re-licensing bars in the city and that they will not allow new applicants who want to start the business to get licenses. “We have enough bars and therefore we will not licenses any new bars,” said Ms Othoro.

She added that they will review licenses applied online to ensure that they comply with the law, adding that those which will not be found compliant will be cancelled. Bars which operate in the city have mainly acquired provisional licenses which allow them to operate as they wait for the county to inspect their premises. Ms Othoro said the county will inspect existing bars and close down those found to be within 300 meters from residential areas and schools.

The County Executive raised an issue that courts are frustrating efforts by the city inspectorate to close some bars after issuing injunctions to stop closure yet Nairobi residents continue to blame City Hall. Closing down bars and pubs next to institutions and residential areas will reduce the claims of students and underage from purchasing liquor or consuming the drinks in school premises or their homes.

Many residents usually start up liquor business without the business permit and licenses from county government, since many people consume the drinks anytime. Moreover, the operation from county government will regulate and restrict on sale of liquor in the county.

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