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Bars in Malindi face closure

22 June 2012, 14:03 Alloys Musyoka

The government will not issue any liquor license to bars which have not adhered to the government’s liquor license direction, a government officer has said.

Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha has said that the government will not allow bars situated within 300 meters from public schools in the area to continue operating.

It is a direction that can not be avoided by anybody from the government and so we are saying no stone will be left unturned. Those bar owners situated within those areas they will be automatically closed down,” he noted.

He said there are 30 bars out of 290 that applied for liquor license which face to be closed down for failure to adhere to liquor license rules and regulations in the region.

Nkanatha added that only 260 bars in the area which have been granted permission to continue operating.

“In Malindi there are 290 bars and out of that 260 of them have permits and liquor licenses but 30 face closure because they lack documentations to operate,” he asserted.

Nkanatha said that out of the 30 bars facing closure, some failed to apply and others do not have the needed requirements; and many of them are within 300 meters from public schools and operate without sound proofing.

The DC who is also the chairman of District Liquor license committee said all bars had been given a grace period of up to 1 August this year before applying again for the licenses or close down their businesses.

“We have given the 30 bars a grace period of three months so that they can clear their store and close down while the others will have to apply again,” he remarked.

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