Police in Narok town have arrested 21 people caught taking alcohol in a pub at the wee hours of Saturday night.
The Narok North Sub County Police Commander (SCPC), Frederick Siundu said the group was found taking alcohol at a pub near the Maasai Mara University against the presidential directive that banned the consumption of alcohol.
Siundu said they received information from the members of the public that the club was operating at late hours against the law and when they raided the pub at around midnight, they arrested the 21 persons.
“It is unfortunate that despite the regulations put to curb the spread of Covid-19, some pubs are still selling alcohol and entertaining revelers beyond curfew hours which is against the law,” he said.
The SCPC lauded the residents for giving information to the police that led to the arrest of the culprits and warned pubs that continue operating despite being banned that they risk having their licenses revoked.
The Narok Governor, Samuel Tunai in a press briefing last week, said all those bars that violate the regulation will have their operational licenses cancelled and will never be allowed to operate again.
“We will not allow some few people to keep on disturbing us for their own selfish gains. Those who violate this law regardless of their position in the society must be punished,” reiterated Tunai.
During a televised briefing on July 27 this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta said there was a surge of Covid-19 infections among the young people who were socializing particularly in environments serving alcohol.
Those who violate the laid down guidelines risk a fine of up to Sh.20,000 or imprisonment for a period of maximum six months.
By Ann Salaton