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Tricks Nairobi bar operators, patrons use to get away with breaking Mututho law

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Glasses of beer on a bar counter. PHOTO | NATION

By NYABOGA KIAGE

There was a time when the infamous ‘Mututho Law’ strictly restricted daily drinking hours in Kenya to a mere 6 hours between 5pm and 11pm.

Long gone are those days in most Nairobi neighborhoods where pubs and drinking joints have since taken to flouting the law on hours operation with impunity.

In places such as Githurai 45, Roysambu, Mathare and Kahawa drunkenness and other delinquencies, such as crime and prostitution, go hand in hand.

In most of these neighborhoods it’s an open secret that law enforcers are notorious for taking bribes to permit pub owners to illegally extend their business hours.

Under this arrangement its common to find patrons locked up inside the bars enjoying their drinks long before the opening hours and late into the night.

In Githurai 45, frustrated residents now feel that its high time the Kiambu and Nairobi county governments to clampdown these unscrupulous business owners.

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“I fail to understand whether the alcohol licensing departments of Kiambu and Nairobi are working. Most of our youth have completely disappeared in those pubs,” area resident Hillary Kimani said.

His views were shared by Humphrey Njenga who said that the pubs have greatly contributed to the surge in crime in the area.

Of concern also are the numerous wines and spirits outlets within the estates which are licensed to sell alcohol but have ventured into hosting patrons within their confined spaces.

“I thought that they are only allowed to sell drinks to customers who buy and leave,” wondered Mr Njenga.

An operator, who spoke to Nairobi News on condition of anonymity, owned up to the fact that they pay police officers bribes on a daily basis so as to operate beyond the stipulated business hours.

“The police will always collect their share and let us go on with business. They have no problem as long as you get them their share,” said the operator.

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Drama as Nyandarua County Assembly speaker is impeached again – KBC

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Drama continued at the Nyandarua County Assembly on Saturday after Members of the County Assembly voted to impeach their Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome, for the third time in less than six months.

This was after 31 MCAs supported the motion while six of them opposed,with one abstention.

The MCAs accuse the speaker of abuse of office, militarizing the assembly, disregard to the law, victimizing assembly members and staff, impunity, corruption, poor leadership, nepotism and unlawful recruitment of staff.

The impeachment motion was moved by Leader of Majority, Edinald King’ori, and seconded by Wanjohi ward Rep, Isaac Kung’u. King’ori also accused Wahome of undermining the leadership of Governor Francis Kimemia.

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On April 29, this year a High Court sitting in Nakuru reinstated Wahome who had been impeached early January this year, as the County Assembly Speaker.

High Court Judge, Hillary Chemitei, reinstated him as the speaker until a case he had filed against his removal was heard and determined.

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The court ruled that the sitting of the assembly that impeached him did not observe the two-thirds rule when voting for his removal.

Mr King’ori who also accused Wahome of favouritism in assembly functions, outside the county and undermining the leadership of Governor Francis Kimemia.

He said that Wahome had out rightly shown that he was unable to hold office.

The leader of the Majority noted that the speaker had failed to explain how over Sh 500 million meant for the construction of county assembly offices had been spent and yet it was not complete.

Wahome, who has maintained that he was still the Speaker, has blamed Governor Kimemia for being behind the bid by MCAs to remove him from office.

He claimed his woes are linked to his stand on corruption and criticism of Governor Kimemia’s style of leadership.

The speaker who is also the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) Chair He pointed out that the MCAs who now want to impeach him are those who are allied to the Governor and are unhappy with his stand.

Nevertheless, MCAs allied to the Speaker have vowed to start a push to remove Governor Kimemia from office.

The MCAs led by Gatimu ward MCA Kieru Wambui alleged that the governor has a hidden hand in the MCAs allied to him so that he can forestall his pending impeachment.

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Odibets Set to Surprise More than 1000 Mums with Free Shopping

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One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed ‘Asante Mama’ that is set to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said that the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will take place on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Sh50 and above on the Odibets platform.

Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

The winners will receive Sh5000 on their Odibets accounts that signify the actual shopping vouchers they have won.

The shopping voucher ‘cash’ award can be withdrawn via M-Pesa.

Last month, Odibets awarded more than 2,000 “Jogoos” to their customers as they celebrated Easter in a promo dubbed ‘Shinda Jogoo ya Easter’.

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Mother’s Day Free Shopping Surprise From Odibets

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Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched to help customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed Asante Mama to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day.

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Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Ksh50 and above on the Odibets platform. Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

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