Four days after the government ordered the closure of all bars for 30 days to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, two bars found operating in the Central region have since been closed and their licenses revoked.
Central Regional Commissioner (RC) Wilfred Nyagwanga said the bars which he failed to name, were found selling alcohol to clients who were locked up inside.
He said a multi-agency team of the police, chiefs and their assistants and health officials through intelligence raided the establishments and found the two selling alcohol to clients, before closing them and having the operators arrested.
Speaking at Gatundu South Constituency where he inspected ‘Kazi Mtaani’ operations today, Nyangwanga said the police, chiefs and their assistants are in 24-hour operation to enforce the new law.
He said bar operators had come up with crafty ways of selling alcohol thinking they could evade the law.
Nyangwanga said compliance of the new orders in the region was not an option, and anyone found floating them will face the law but said his team was on high alert.
“We know that a section of bars and other selling points have been secretly selling liquor to users. Let’s obey the rules for now. Eventually, bars will be open at an opportune time. Don’t be caught in the wrong side of the law,” said Nyagwanga.
At the same time, the official warned cohorts in the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ stimulus program found squandering proceeds of the program that they will be delisted.
He said that money will be transparently disbursed to the respective youths urging them to diligently serve and avoid engaging in societal malpractices.
According to a section of beneficiaries who spoke to journalists, the program has changed their lives, reduced idleness, crime and immorality.
They also intimated that the program has enhanced security in the area as most youths are productively engaged.
By Muoki Charles