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Government revokes licenses for 15 bars in Makueni

Some 15 bar owners from different parts of Makueni County have had their business licenses revoked after failing to adhere to government regulations aimed at    .

At the same time, over 50 operators and revellers have been arrested by the police in the area for allegedly drinking in congested bars, without observing social distancing.

Addressing the media at Mtito Andei on Sunday, the County Commissioner (CC), Maalim Mohammed warned that bar operators found selling beer through the back door would face the full force of the law.

Mohammed further observed that some of those with the habit of drinking in crowded rooms were the very security officers supposed to enforce the laws of the country.

Subsequently, the CC warned that police officers caught contravening the law would be prosecuted and ultimately sacked.

He cited Wote, Makindu, Kilala, Kee and Kyambalazi as some of the notorious spots where bars have been operating illegally leading to arrest of a number of revellers.

Meanwhile, Mohammed has appealed to residents to ensure they continued, wearing face masks as they visit public places lest they be arrested.

He also warned boda boda riders against carrying more than one passenger. “As good citizens, obey the law and if you have no pressing issues to attend to please stay at home,” added Mohammed.

At Mtito Andei, the CC thanked the multi-agency team involved in testing motorists and passengers along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

He disclosed that 7, 450 people have had their body temperatures checked since Thursday last week, adding the government would not relent in its efforts to contain coronavirus.

“As a government, we are pleased with the work of the multi-agency team involving security, medics and national government administrators. We will see ways to look into your welfare,” he said.

By Patrick Nyakundi

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