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Governor Sakaja Engages Bar Owners on Liquor Industry Concerns and Licensing Reforms for a Safer and Dignified Nairobi

Nairobi Tuesday, 21st November 2023

The Nairobi City County Governor, H.E Hon. Johnson A. Sakaja held a meeting with the members of various Bar Owners Association leadership to deliberate on issues affecting the liquor industry, including the recently revised license fees.

While making his remarks, the Governor indicated that His government was committed to ensuring that there’s a good working relationship between the county and traders.

The governor reiterated that the people of Nairobi expect him to deliver a City of order, dignity, hope and opportunities for all.
Barowners13The Governor noted that out of an estimated total of 13000 liquor outlets in the County, only 30% outlets were licensed. The safety of the people cannot be guaranteed if outlets are not regulated. Most of the unlicensed premises contribute greatly to the proliferation of illicit and counterfeit alcoholic drinks.

The Governor emphasized the need to conduct entertainment businesses within the county in a dignified manner. He informed the traders that the County will soon roll out the zones for operation of Night clubs. This is meant to provide a conducive environment for the businesses as well as protect people in residential areas.
Barowners12On the issue of the recently enacted Nairobi County Finance Act, the Governor formed a committee to get views from the stakeholders and come up with proposals for consideration by the County Assembly. The committee is expected to give its report in a week’s time.

While concluding his remarks, Governor Sakaja applauded the stakeholders who had adhered to noise regulations and that he was impressed as; road users were safe, and noise complaints have significantly reduced except for a minority who were yet to comply.

Also speaking at the event was the Deputy Governor H.E. Njoroge Muchiri who appreciated the leadership of Bar Owners Associations present, and implored the liquor business community to engage in a constructive dialogue that will be practical for all parties, and also aid a City of Order, Hope, Dignity, and Opportunities for all.
Barowners5Also present in the meeting were the County Executive Committee Members for Business and Hustler Opportunities Ms. Maureen Njeri, Mr. Charles Kerich, CECM Finance, and Ms. Susan Silantoi, Health Wellness and Nutrition; Chief Officers Ms. Zipporah Mwangi BHO, Ms. Priscilla Mahinda, Governor’s Office, and Ms. Rhodah Otieno, Director Liquor Licensing, among others.

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