Blow to Kalembe Ndile as court  refuses to grant orders  reopening his  Hotel in Machakos,

Blow to Kalembe Ndile as court refuses to grant orders reopening his Hotel in Machakos,

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,23RD JULY,2019-Ukambani Politician Kalembe Ndile has suffered a blow after the  High Court has refused to grant orders to reopen his Macha Beach Hotel in Machakos.The court cites  health reasons.

Justice George Odunga of the High Court while delivering the ruling , said the enforcement of public health and environmental laws was in public interest and should not be subjugated to the private right of a profiteering businessperson.

In June this year  Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua  ordered the hotel closed prompting Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to stage protests demanding the release of staffers who were arrested during the raid.

Press Secretary and Communications Director of Machakos county  Mutinda Mwanzia in a statement said that the hotel was closed down following its failure to comply with the public health and environmental standards set by the county.

Governor Mutua termed the hotel as a health hazard and “cholera time bomb”.

“We are, however, saddened by the impunity being exhibited by some of the business owners, in particular, one Hon. Kalembe Ndile, the owner of the proprietor of an establishment Macha Beach in Machakos town which our health and environmental experts believe may be a cholera time bomb,” the county said in a statement.

The county government noted at least six health hazards posed by the hotel, among them a pool which the county termed as a breeding point for mosquitoes.

The facility was also said to be on riparian land and does not have a defined toilet system.

The hotel which also hosts a club was accused of operating without a valid liquor license.


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