Kitui leaders decry upsurge of bars, clubs

Leaders in Kitui have raised alarm over proliferation of entertainment joints in the county arguing that the status quo was greatly weighing down on the region’s productivity.

Addressing a secondary school principals’ forum in Kitui TownTuesday, County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich regretted that Kitui currently had more bars and clubs than churches and schools combined.

Honestly, we cannot have over 3,600 bars, clubs, and wines and spirits outlets in the county and say all is well. This trend is very worrying because it is evident that Kitui has become a drinking county and our youth are most threatened, said the administrator.

He added, We cannot allow a situation where the number of bars and clubs by far exceed that of schools and churches combined. Swift intervention must be made to reverse the state of affairs because something is undoubtedly very wrong.

He revealed that the county security committee, which he chairs, was in talks with the county government with a view to revoke some bar licenses in order to reduce their number.

Cherutich also defended the ongoing exercise of ridding local urban areas of gambling machines saying so far many such machines have been seized and owners charged in court.

He also challenged the county administration and the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to address noise pollution occasioned by clubs and church vigils.

Source: Kenya News Agency