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Bar owners laud Sakaja’s ‘Solomonic decision’ to end crackdown on nightclubs

The National Association of bar, hotels, and liquor stores (BAHLITA) has lauded Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja for his directive restraining city inspectorates from night operations targeting nightclubs and bars.

The association’s national Secretary General, Mr Bonifacce Gachoka, said the move would see their businesses flourish and protect their investments.

“We appreciate the Governor of Nairobi for listening to the plights of our 7000 Nairobi BAHLITA members and making a Solomonic decision of protecting our investment and passionate, hardworking and respectful employees ranging from managers, supervisors, DJs,” Gachoka said.

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Mr Gachoka also said they have been engaging the county government on cases of harassment from inspectorates that have been reported in the past.

The association has promised to cooperate with Sakaja’s administration to ensure that their members follow the law.

“We promise to adhere to all the laws and guidelines set, negotiate whenever there are challenges, and adjust according to the negotiated settlements. Through consultations and collaborations, we see a mutual benefit relationship that will bolster investors’ confidence and growth,” he said.

The association also stated that it has sought a financial partner and environmental experts who are helping their 54,000 members countrywide to fast track and manage the issue of noise pollution.

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Further, the association has announced a pilot campaign in Nairobi in partnership with “Lipa License, Hepa Stress” aimed at enabling compliance.

In a similar approach, Medium Liquor Traders Association (MELTA) in Nairobi has commended Governor Sakaja’s commitment to upholding the law surrounding the sale of liquor and the functioning of bars and nightclubs.

MELTA Chairperson Frank Mbogo said the Governor’s emphasis on ensuring compliance without resorting to unnecessary harassment is a commendable approach that recognizes the importance of a balanced and fair regulatory framework.

“As stakeholders in the bar and nightclub sector, we pledge our cooperation to ensure that all our members abide by the guidelines of sound pollution and uphold the laws and regulations set forth by the county,” Mbogo said.

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