Ruto lauds Sakaja’s crackdown on city clubs
President William Ruto has welcomed Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s move to crackdown on noisy clubs in residential areas.
Ruto said there is a need to make the city work for all residents.
Speaking yesterday at Tatu City Special Economic Zone during the official opening of the Twiga Food distribution centre, the President assured Sakaja of the government’s support.
“Please keep the noise away from our children, you have our support,” he said.
This came hours after several clubs were raided by the police for failure to comply with the Governor’s directive on loud music. “Last call. No nightclubs in residential areas. Goodnight,” he warned.
It is unclear how many nightclubs were closed during the operation that lasted past midnight.
In a notice on Friday, Sakaja banned nightclubs from operating in residential areas, citing complaints by the public on noise emanating from bars and nightclubs.
The governor stated that no nightclub licences will be issued to premises operating in residential areas and added that licenses would only be issued to clubs within the central business district and specified streets.
“Bars and restaurants in residential areas must operate within the specified time and control noise emanating from their premises,” he directed.
Following the directive, county government enforcement officers descended on several entertainment joints in the city, flushing out revellers and ordering closure.
Several high-end bars on Lang’ata Road and Kilimani areas bore the brunt of the raids, with revellers accusing the law enforcement agents of taking advantage of the Governor’s directive to extort money from them.