A section of Nairobi MCAs has protested the move to close 43 bars due to noise pollution.
The MCAs describe the move by the Nairobi Liquor Licensing Board as oppressive and one that will deny very many people their source of income.
Kitisuru MCA Alvin Palapala says that the county collects a lot of revenue from the bars and that their closure will affect revenue collection.
“This move is worrying. These bars have employed very many people and closing them down will render many people jobless,” said Palapala.
“As elected leaders, we had made a pledge to these business communities that we shall create a business friendly environment and closing them does not look good for the county,” he said.
Palapala has instead proposed the formulation of a strong regulation to curb the noise menace without closing down the businesses.
“We should instead come up with regulations that put measures to ensure that bars don’t have the noise that is currently causing the menace,” he said.
The Liquor board on Monday commenced the process of closing down 43 bars within Nairobi County over noise pollution.
Most of the bars earmarked for closure are those situated within residential area.