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26 Arrested in a Raid on Bars in Kilimani

  • Five entertainment venues in Nairobi’s Kilimani neighborhood searched for illegal shisha pots and noise pollution. 26 people were detained, including the manager and 14 employees of Oyster Bar. Locals complained about noise pollution and obstruction brought on by customers frequenting the joints. MCA Kilelewshwa Robert Alai has asked the director of liquor licensing to crack down on 15 entertainment venues that cause problems due to noise pollution, drug dealing, and other social vices. All of the suspects were transferred to Central Police Station, and are anticipated to be charged in City Court.

Following a search on five entertainment venues on Saturday, October 1, for allegedly producing noise pollution and distributing illegal Shisha in Nairobi’s Kilimani neighborhood, police detained 26 persons.

Following complaints from locals about noise pollution and obstruction brought on by customers frequenting the joints, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Nairobi County officials, and police jointly carried out the operation.

One of the locals said, “We have an issue with the loud music and parking, people park their cars on the roads, and it takes me an hour and a half to travel on Kilungu road to get home.”

Despite the fact that the location is a residential zone, several locals also expressed concern about how the loud music is causing their children to have restless nights.

Another resident said, “There are precise county by-laws on how you convert a residential property into a commercial facility and how then you turn that into a pub. My children can’t sleep. I was here two days.”

Oyster Bar, where the manager and 14 employees were detained, was one of the entertainment venues targeted. Additionally, the police seized 20 shisha pots.

Onex Var, Bar Next Door, Club 909, and Kettle Bar were among the other establishments searched, and during those raids, 11 people were detained and 15 pots of shisha were seized.

All of the suspects were transferred to Central Police Station, and on Monday, October 3, they are anticipated to be charged in City Court.

MCA Kilelewshwa Robert Alai has asked the director of liquor licensing to crack down on 15 entertainment venues that cause problems due to noise pollution, drug dealing, and other social vices.

Though the drug was outlawed in 2017 when Kenya joined Tanzania and Rwanda as the third country in Africa to do so, incidents of shisha use have also risen in the nation.

Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, made the announcement that shisha imports, sales, and distribution were all prohibited on November 28, 2014.

Shisha use, import, manufacture, sale, offer of sale, advertisement, promotion, distribution, and encouraging or facilitating its use were all outlawed in Kenya in 2017.

If someone violates the regulations, they could be subject to a fine of no more than Sh50,000 or up to 6 months in jail.

In a recent warning note to regulators, the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that smoking shisha posed serious health concerns because users would inhale the smoke of 100 or more cigarettes during a single session.

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