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26 arrested in weekend raid on popular Nairobi nightclubs

At least 26 people are expected to be arraigned in court today after they were arrested over the weekend following a raid conducted in nightclubs.

Police, on the night of October 1, 2022, arrested 26 people and confiscated shisha pots during a raid conducted in nightclubs within the areas of Kibra and Dagoretti North constituencies.

In a police report seen by Nairobi News, the raid was conducted by police officers in the two constituencies and officials of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officers.

Members of the public who had been requesting Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly (MCA) Robert Alai to assist them also joined in the raid.

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According to Mr Alai, he has continuously received requests from civilians to intervene and assist deal with noise pollution in the two constituencies.

“Police officers also managed to nab several pots of shisha which is a banned substance in the country,” a police report filed at Kibra police station read in part.

At Oyster Bar, the manager and 14 operators were nabbed by the team, at Onyx Lounge and Restaurant a total of 11 people were arrested and 15 pots of shisha were also confiscated.

Other bars that were raided include; Kettle Bar, Bar Next Door and Club 909.

“The suspects are currently held at Central Police Station with the exhibits being in possession of officials from NEMA,” the report further read.

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Police officers also said that the operation in the two constituencies will continue until the entertainment joints follow the law.

In December 2017, the then Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu banned shisha smoking in the country saying it had encouraged the peddling of hard drugs.

Kenya became the fourth country in East Africa to prohibit shisha, after Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

But even after the ban, shisha is still widely sold in the country, especially at nightclubs, and is popular among socialites and sports personalities.

However, the media has continuously exposed how shisha is being smoked by revellers despite the ban.

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