The ‘Mututho law’ for official bar opening hours is yet to receive stability as Nyeri bars are set to install bells for alerting closing time.
The decision, which was arrived at by Nyeri county officials, is meant to notify and remind bar and restaurant operators 15 minutes to the official end of lawful drinking hours.
This followed Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s issuance of public notice that requires all liquor outlets to install the warning bells. Bar patrons will have to ring a bell at 10.45pm followed by “the final bell which will be an order for all to clear the premises,” Gachagua said in Mukurwe-ini Sub-County.
The county government also says that under the new Liquor Licensing Bill, manufacturers of liquor will have to sell all liquor at depots and not through distribution vans.
Nyeri Central Bar Owners Association chairman, Mr. Teobald Mukundi has urged the county government to warrant that copies of the Bill are made available to the public for discussion. “We have been looking for the Bill but can’t get it. There could be something fishy about it,” said Mukundi.
The nightlife and liquor business in Nyeri county is set for a full transformation after years of zero nightlife under the stranglehold of indifferent provincial commissioners who served in the area, as quoted by the area Governor.
Additional reporting by Standard