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Governor Jonathan Bii talks tough on illegal night clubs

By Stanley Kimuge February 22nd, 2023 2 min read

Uasin Gishu county governor Jonathan Bii says most entertainment joints have complied with the strict conditions attached to their operation license.

In December 2022, the governor issued a directive for entertainment joints located in residential areas to shift operations or shut down.

“We had some people setting up joints in estates that emitted loud noise and this attracted a lot of young people,

“Most of them have complied with our directive and we have closed a few clubs. However, we still have issues with few joints,” said the governor in an exclusive interview with Nairobi News.

On Monday, the governor lamented that some entertainment joints still sell banned shisha.

He regretted that most of the youth have been affected by drug and alcohol substance use in the region.

Governor Bii said the illicit brew business was also a major concern in the devolved unit.

Mr Bii said that they are working to provide an alternative source of income to illicit brewers.

“As a county, we have started programs that will ensure that they get alternative sources of livelihoods. We have funds set aside for cooperative movements,” said the Governor.

On December 10, 2022, the county boss said the directive was aimed at restoring sanity in residential areas as well as protecting minors from exposure to alcohol and drugs.

The governor also noted that cases of alcohol and drug use and addiction among young people were on the rise in the region.

“I am ordering immediate closure of all nightclubs operating within estates. These clubs are exposing our children to alcohol and other drugs,” Governor Bii explained.

Eldoret town and its environs has numerous entertainment joints.

In December, Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja issued an order for the revocation of licensees of all nightclubs within the residential areas over noise pollution.

During Jamhuri day celebrations, Uasin Gishu county commissioner Edison Nyale said that two-month crackdown resulted in the nabbing of over 28,160 litres of changaa, 40,000 pieces of cigarettes and closed down two factories involved in production of illicit alcohol and drugs.

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