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Sakaja bans night clubs in Nairobi’s residential areas

By Winnie Onyando November 25th, 2022 1 min read

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has issued an order banning night clubs from operating in residential areas.

The county boss said the move follows complaints from the public over noise pollution from bars, restaurants, night clubs and liquor selling premises.

“From now on, no night club licenses will be issued or renewed for premises operating within the residential areas,” Sakaja said.

The governor also issued an order for the cancellation of operating licenses for night clubs that are already in business.

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At the same time, Mr Sakaja has also issued a directive compelling bars and restaurants in residential areas to only operate within the specified time and control noise emanating from their premises.

“Playing of music must stop by 10pm and all the liquor outlets to provide parking space for their clients because we will impound vehicles causing obstruction along roads and footpaths,” the governor said.

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These directives come a few weeks after Nairobi County Liquor Licensing Board issued a notice to deregister 40 nightclubs accused of noise pollution.

This was after police officers and officials from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) arrested 26 club managers and confiscated 30 shisha pots during a raid in Kibra and Dagoretti North constituencies.

In a statement, Mr Hesbon Agwena, the Director of the Nairobi County liquor licensing board, said his office had received complaints from various residents associations and general public about excessive noise and vibration that emanates from licensed liquor joints.

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