Sakaja’s final call to nightclub owners in Nairobi estates
Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja has given a last warning to owners of nightclubs in residential areas.
In a message across his social media platforms, Sakaja took a night photo of police officers whom he flagged off for the night operation in the estates.
“Last call. No night clubs in residential areas,” he captioned the pictures.
Last call. No nightclubs in residential areas. pic.twitter.com/2Z8V6jl0yF
— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) November 27, 2022
Last week Sakaja revoked all licenses for night clubs and liquor stores within residential areas. The governor also directed that no other licenses be issued or renewed for operators of such businesses in the city’s estates.
“Those already issued [with licenses] are hereby cancelled and the establishments may continue operating as bar and restaurants,” said Jairus Musumba, the head of county public service.
“Henceforth, nightclub licenses will be issued to premises only within the central business district and specified streets in other non-residential areas,” he added.
Additionally, bars and restaurants in residential areas will now be required to only operate within specified times and control noise levels.
At the culmination of the fight over noise pollution in estates, Citizen TV anchor Trevor Ombija engaged in an online tiff with ex-model Emma Too on the closure of nightclubs. This was after the county’s Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri earmarked 43 clubs for closure.
Mr Ombija, the owner of a nightclub in Kileleshwa, while weighing in on the matter said the closure of the joints was not necessary if it is only a number of residents who complained about the noise.
He singled out a resident that he said he had tried to placate amid noise complaints in the residential estate where the entertainment joint in question is located.
This revelation prompted Ms Too to confirm that she is the resident in question, adding that an offer was made to sound proof part of her house.
She then took videos of the situation at her home when the nightclub continued with it’s activities hindering her from having a restful time.