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Ban on Shisha to stay – court rules


Ban on shisha to stay in force after High Court rejected an application by businessmen to have it reversed.

Justice Roselyn Aburili said the prohibition is in public interest since the lives of Kenyans are more important than losses that businessmen stand to incur.

However the judge cited lack of public involvement when the Government imposed the ban.

The ban was imposed last year by the then Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu who said he exercised his powers under Section 36(m) of the Public Health to ban importation, sale, advertisement, promotion, and distribution of shisha in Kenya.

The petition was filed by 15 applicants who wanted the court to overturn the ban on the importation, promotion and the use of Shisha in the country.

The applicants also maintained that the ban is discriminative.