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Drama as 40 people arrested in Maralal bars past 11 pm

In Summary

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, during Mashujaa Day celebrations, lifted the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in place since March 2020.
  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe later clarified that the lifting of curfew did not mean that pubs could operate 24/7.

Forty people were on Saturday night arrested in Samburu County for violating COVID-19 protocols concerning the operation of bars.

In a police crackdown on bars in Maralal town, the suspects were arrested around 11:30 pm, with COVID-19 protocols dictating that pubs should close by 11 pm.

Samburu Central Police Commander Alex Rotich further said that upon the arrests, the suspects were not observing social distance in the entertainment joints as directed by the Ministry of Health.

“Yesterday we carried out a raid in Maralal town at 11:30 pm and some bars had not closed. People were still drinking alcohol and celebrating the President’s decision to end the curfew,” Rotich said.

Bars Owners to be Charged

The suspects were later released after securing police cash bail and free bond. They will be arraigned before Maralal Law Courts on Monday where they will face charges of failure to observe social distancing. 

The pub owners, however, will be charged with operating beyond the stipulated hours.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, during Mashujaa Day celebrations, lifted the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in place since March 2020.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe later clarified that the lifting of curfew did not mean that bars could operate 24/7.

“We are reverting to the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 pm or the time allowed by the licensing authorities,” CS Kagwe said.

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