Irony: Gachagua closing bars in Mt Kenya region but opposing closures in Nairobi
If Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had his way, there would be only one bar per town in Central Kenya and thousands of them in Nairobi.
The DP has suggested that there should be only one bar per town in the Mt Kenya region while at the same time protesting the closure of bars in Nairobi’s residential areas in the recent past, even urging Governor Johnson Sakaja ‘akuje pole pole’ (to go slow on the matter).
Gachagua has since ordered all county administrators in the Mount Kenya region to start enforcing a one-bar-per-town directive he issued adding that all entertainment joints must only operate from 5pm to 11pm.
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Speaking in Ihura Stadium in Murang’a town, the DP also directed county governments from the region not to renew bar licenses when they expire, arguing that they are the reason many youths in Mt Kenya region are perishing from drug and alcohol abuse.
“All county governments in Mt Kenya region must reduce and revoke licenses issued to bars and restaurants because they are the ones destroying the lives of our young generation… it is sad that bars in this region are more than shops. I must tell the truth because the situation in our towns and villages is wanting,” he said.
Ironically, when Sakaja issued a directive on the closure of nightclubs in residential areas in Nairobi, Gachagua criticized him saying the decision should be reconsidered.
“You are the same people who have issued these businessmen and women with licenses to operate clubs within the residential areas. You cannot wake up one day and decide to close their business. These people have invested their money there,” Gachagua said.
Not done, the Deputy President has on more than one occasion asked the police not to arrest drunkards and instead ferry them home from drinking sprees.