Space Lounge, B-Club closed for selling shisha

Kenya news, A man smokes shisha via the traditional hubble-bubble ("or hookah"). FILE PHOTO

Two common city joints were on Friday night ordered shut down for contravening a government directive banning the sale of shisha.

Space Lounge, B-Club were also found not adhering to noise pollution audit as well as non compliance with noise control regulations.

The two clubs located in Kilimani area were ordered shut by the county government, which said, which had received numerous complaints via area residents.

The management along with also patrons of the two clubs were caught unawares by a police swoop at around 10pm. The patrons were subsequently asked to leave along with also one of the directors of Space Lounge was arrested.

SMOKING SHISHA

A county official, who is usually not authorized to speak to the media, said there had been several complaints via the residents along with also which the two clubs had ignored numerous directives via the county government to reduce noise pollution.

“The complaints were streaming in every day along with also we had no option yet to order them shut along with also when we walked in revelers were also smoking shisha which is usually illegal,” he said.

Shisha smoking was outlawed in Kenya last week following the ban of importation, manufacture, advertising along with also sale of the substance inside country.

In a gazette notice on December 28, 2016, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said any person who will contravene any provisions of these rules will be liable to penalty contemplated in section 163 of the Public Health Act.

Space Lounge’s closure is usually the latest in series of controversies which the common club has been embroiled in. The club has been entangled in a legal battle with area residents over its loud music at night.

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