Liquor board to rein in bar owners

Friday March 25 2016

Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Vincent Shimoli speaks during a press conference at a Nairobi hotel on June 28, 2015. On March 25, 2016, he warned bar owners that they risk closure of their businesses if they sell alcohol to underage children. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Vincent Shimoli speaks during a press conference at a Nairobi hotel on June 28, 2015. On March 25, 2016, he warned bar owners that they risk closure of their businesses if they sell alcohol to underage children. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By LILLIAN MUTAVI
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Nairobi County's alcohol board has warned vendors selling the product past stipulated time during the Easter holiday risk close down and cancellation of licences.

The Liquor Licensing Board Chair Vincent Shimoli, while donating food stuff worth Sh670,000 at the Greater Life Concern Centre Church on Friday, said bar owners tend to break the law during holidays but the agency will be going round shutting down joints that play loud music and open past 11am.

“Being a long holiday, we are on the look out since most of the bars will be opened beyond stipulated time especially in Ngong road, Umoja and Kileleshwa. If one is found we will cancel the licence and close down the joint,” warned Mr Shimoli.

He equally said people selling alcohol to underage children will be apprehended.

Mr Shimoli blamed parents for abandoning their role of rearing children, hence making them susceptible to alcohol abuse.

“In Umoja, parents are tagging their children along when they go to bars letting them play around as they drink. It is the parents to blame not the government or the county,” he said.

The board will from April begin a comprehensive census of all licences in a bid to combat alcohol and drug abuse.

The census will capture the photo of the outlet, GPS location and contacts for better monitoring.

“The census will also enable the board to efficiently respond effectively to complains from Nairobians as the exact physical address will be in our database,” the chair said.