Muslims win as Kidero bans beer festival in CBD at the last minute
Police and city askaris were on Friday deployed to stop a beer fest that was set to kick off at 6pm next to the Jamia mosque.
Governor Evans Kidero banned the Tusker Street Bash at the last minute following a protest by Muslim leaders over the beer fest that was to be held near their worship place.
Jamia Mosque Committee Secretary General Abdul Bary Hamid, in a protest letter, had told Dr Kidero that the noise from the street party will affect Friday prayers.
Eventually Governor Kidero budged and slapped a ban on the event.
“I have today (Friday) afternoon stopped the unauthorised promotion by Kenya Breweries on the street alongside Jamia Mosque.
“While we respect the need for businesses to roll out their marketing activities, we must be conscious and not lose sight of respect for principles and beliefs of different religions,” Governor Kidero said in a statement.
Police deployed at the venue of the planned beer fest outside Mojo’s Club ordered for the immediate dismantling of tents and sound system that had been set-up to entertain revelers.
Performances by musicians Khaligraph Jones and Wangeci were expected.