Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has succumbed to pressure and agreed to meet bar owners over night clubs closure in residential areas.
The meeting is a culmination of a petition by the Pub Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya to the Nairobi County Assembly.
PERAK chairman Michael Muthamia says the meeting seeks to iron out the current crisis affecting hundreds of bars in the city.
“At his point it is not true that all clubs in residential areas are causing same noise and disturbance… We want the governor to come on a negotiation table so that we can chat the way forward without killing our business.
“The county government must acknowledge our businesses. We pay a lot to the county and should this closure continue then we shall lose money and jobs,” Muthamia said.
Sakaja maintains that there is no going back on the matter and they shall continue arresting the bar owners violating the stipulated laws.
NCCADCLB chairman Frank Mbogo says that the bar owners had renegade on resolutions passed last month between them, residents associations and Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri.
“We want to be categorical state that all businesses operating within our regulatory mandate must operate within the law. We will not tolerate those who break the law for selfish profiteering at the expense of millions of Nairobi residents,” Mbogo said.
“If you have refused to soundproof and provide access and parking space for your clients then do your business elsewhere and not in a residential areas,” added the board chairman.
By Allan Otieno