by Muthoni Kimani
July 23, 2020
Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, on Tuesday, July 21, ordered the closure of all wines and spirits outlets.
The governor spoke about this while in Limuru launching various projects; he blamed the alcohol vendors for the rise of Covid-19 cases in the county;
"Bars have not been allowed to operate and remain closed. People operating wines and spirits should close by Friday before the county starts a crackdown on Saturday.”
Nyoro also ordered supermarkets not to sell alcohol warning that those caught violating the order would lose their licenses for good. He also made it clear that restaurants would no longer be permitted to serve alcohol with food.
The governor's order comes after a draft proposal under the Public Health Act; Cap 242 surfaced where the Health Ministry is looking to restrict the sale of alcohol.
The draft notice proposals include restricting restaurants, bars, food courts, supermarkets, wines, and spirits or in any business establishment from serving alcoholic drinks to sit-in customers. Ministry of Health acting Public Health Director, Francis Kuria on Tuesday, July 21 addressed the said report;
"I think the document being referred to is a draft. We will not talk about a document that has no legal notice number. It should be under the office of the AG and once it gets a number it becomes a legal notice then we can talk about its contents."
Kuria did however hint that the Act was looking to limit the sale of alcohol to takeaways only.