Kiambu bar owners decry harassment by police and county official’s

Alcoholic-selling entities are required to close their businesses by 7 pm while restaurants should close by 9 pm.

By: Isaac Mwaura  @MountKenyaTimes

Led by their Chairman Richard Kagiri, Bars Owners in Kiambu County have condemned the ongoing security operation going on in the area claiming their premises are being ransacked and stocks confiscated without any court orders.

The entrepreneurs now want action to be taken against the law enforcement officers who are engaged in the surreptitious act.

The bar’s operates who spoke at a consultative meeting the bar’s operators vowed to move to court to sue the local Administration and Kiambu County Enforcement officers for allegedly breaking into their premises and carting away their stock.

According to them, even after abiding by the government’s directive to cease operations, a group of security officers have been breaking into the premises in the guise that they are operating illegally.

They now want the government to constitute a task force that would involve their members in policy making to have their views taken into account as their businesses are suffering too yet they have to meet their bills.

Addressing the Nation from State House Nairobi on July 27, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the sale of alcoholic drinks in all restaurants in the country and directed that all bars remain closed indefinitely to slow down the rising rate of COVID-19 transmission in the country.

President Kenyatta said the government had noted with concern that people are socializing without regard to protective behavior in environments selling alcohol, posing one of the greatest risk factors in the country’s battle against the pandemic.

The President further directed Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to withdraw all licences for bars found operating, adding that the withdrawals shall be permanent.

“Licenses of bars will be withdrawn permanently if found operating,” Uhuru said.

“All the measures that I will be announcing shall be applied to all citizens regardless of their social standing,” he said.

The Inspector General of Police was also directed to be submitting to Interior CS Fred Matiang’i a weekly report of all bars whose licences have been withdrawn.

“Forthwith, the IG shall ensure that his officers spare no mheshimiwa, no individual, regardless of social status or rank who is either out after curfew without being an essential worker or who flouts the health protocol that has been set out,” said Kenyatta.

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