Nairobi Liquor Control and Licensing Board has stopped the issuance of all new liquor licences in Umoja Estate Embakasi West sub-county, saying the area has been flooded with bars and wines and spirits outlets.
According to Benjamin Omondi in charge of the Enforcement at the board, the move is geared to regulate the consumption liquor in the area and also mushrooming of illegal outlets.
‘’This is true we have stopped the issuance of new liquor licenses in Umoja we are aiming at regulating effectively those that we have, the number is high as we speak and we don’t need more.’’ He said.
In yesterdays’ operation at Umoja One and Umoja Three, 18 people were arrested bars closed.
The 18 were today charged at Cityhall Court with different offences including opening bars past and before required time, operation without liquor licence among others counts.
‘’I arrested people in Umoja weekly, level of compliance in this area is still wanting ,but we shall not stop from taking action against those that are violating liquor acts.’’ Omondi reiterated.
Meanwhile liquor boss Kennedy Odhiambo says the weekly operations in Umoja will continue until the area is fully controlled.
Another notorious wines and spirits out-let Wallys Q in Chokaa area Embakasi East was this week shut down following complains by residents.
They say the outlet was in an open residence and also acted as thieves ‘holding zone’. In a letter seen by Ghetto Radio News the resident says six people have been killed just next to the outlet a major indicator that it turned the area into crime palace.