An order has been given for the closure of 1824 Lounge in Lang’ata, Nairobi over round-the-clock operations and endangering road users.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero issued the directive on Tuesday, saying the bar must regulate its hours of operation.
Addressing the press outside his City Hall office in the afternoon, Kidero said patrons put road users at risk by parking their vehicles by the road.
“The bar must be closed. No bar can operate like that. Instead of people drinking after work, they are drinking instead of working,” he said.
Kidero added that the establishment is a danger to the youth and said its proprietors will be arrested and prosecuted.
The governor’s remarks come in the wake of the discovery of an illegal liquor depot at Civil Servants estate in Lang’ata.
The discovery of the liquor worth millions of shillings, packaged in bottles of legitimate brands, followed a countrywide crackdown against second generation alcohol.
Nyeri county commissioner Michael Tialal said eight million liters of illicit liquor have so far been destroyed in Central alone, accounting for 85 per cent of all illicit liquor in the country.