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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,29TH MAY 2018-Five wines and spirits outlets operating at Jerusalem Shopping Centre have been shut down for selling illicit and expired drinks .They were also found to be operating without liquor licences.
The Nairobi City County Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing Board found that the two the wine and spirits had been converted into mini-bars and in a pathetic condition .
The other three wine and spirits in a 40ft container owned by a city politician operate 24hrs along Buruburu roads.
Residents had complained about the sale of illegal and outdated drinks in the area after three middle-aged men died after consuming them.
The outlets were shut down during an operation that was led by Liquor Board chairman Kennedy Odhiambo, area chief Nicholas Maingi and Embakasi West Liquor Committee chairman Paul Ochieng.
According to chief Maingi, teams from the Anti- Counterfeit Agency (ACA) and National Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Authority visited the area but failed to act on residents’ complaints.
Odhiambo pledged to extend the operation to other estates.
“We are going to close down all bars, wine and spirits operating near schools and in residential areas,” said Odhiambo.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has given a directive to the board not to compromise on any illicit liquor businesses especially bars near schools and residential areas.