Defiant bars,clubs in Nakuru put on notice

A liquor store. Photo/Business for sale.
Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui has put on notice bar owners who have continued to defy government directive on bars during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing media in Nakuru,the county Commissioner revealed that they have received information of some bar owners who have continued to operate their bars business secretly.
While responding  to an incident where 4 people were found locked up in a bar and enjoying their drinks contravening the directive on bars,the County Commissioner said the 4 have already been put under forced quarantine.
He warned bar owners that those who will be found operating behind locked doors will face full force of the law including their licenses being revoked.
“Those locking people in their bars and continuing with their businesses  will face full force of the law with their licenses being revoked” he said.
In addition,the County Commissioner who is also the chair Security team at the County level says those who will be found will also be put under forced quarantine at their own cost.
Meanwhile,a multi-agency security team has been formed.
According to Mbui,the team will help seal the loopholes in ensuring compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government.
He however  warned members of the team against leaking any  sensitive information that they risk being sacked.
The County Commissioner also putting to task all administration officers including the Chiefs that any  administrator in whose area illegal gatherings take place will be punished.
“Any action we take we won’t have any apologies to make until we ensure our people are safe” said.
This even as those who violate the restrictions of movement trying to come to Nakuru from Nairobi through Kiambu will be taken to forced quarantine.

Commissioner sounds warning to liquor outlets contravening law

Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui addressing media in Nakuru on April 16,2020.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui has sounded stern warning to liquor outlets that are operating contrary to the Presidential directive that they risk their licenses being revoked.

Addressing media in Nakuru,Mbui noted that they have received reports of some bars that are operating despite the Presidential directive that all bars be shut.

He said the county security team is doing follow-ups warning that those who will be found will be arrested and prosecuted as per the law.

“We are doing follow-ups on some of the case and make arrests for prosecution. Everyone must adhere to the guidelines issued” said Mbui.

The County Commissioner revealing that there is a trend emerging in Nakuru where even consumption of the illicit liquor takes place and when individuals are confronted the retaliate harming the administrators such as chiefs.

The county security team boss adding that they will not tolerate such citing a case in Majani Mingi thatb they are doing a follow-up in an incident where a local chief was assaulted by locals.

“There is a trend emerging with consumption of illicit liquor.We are currently pursuing a case in Majani mingi and those who even dealt with the chief will be dealt with ruthlessly” he said.

He reiterated that the security team will not relent on making arrests and those not observing the law-the licenses will be revoked and close down of the businesses and prosecution.

Mbui also calling on members of the public to ensure that they share information with the security team for a follow-up.

Meanwhile, he has sounded a stern warning to those buying liquor and using vehicles as drinking dens saying them too will be dealt with ruthlessly.

His sentiments coming barely days after residents of Kabazi, Subukia sub county led by area MCA led an operation on bars that they claimed were defiant to the Presidential directive.

The outcry saw a crucial crisis meeting in the area led by the Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu.

The meeting came even as residents and bar owners association in the area faulted police over what they termed is ‘protecting’ some two officers who are running bars in the area and that the bars were contravening the law without action.

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