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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11TH NOV,2020-PUB owners, entertainers have decried police impunity during curfew enforcement saying property and highly valued equipment have been destroyed.
Addressing the press on Wednesday in Nairobi, Pub owners lead by Francis Mbogo, Chairman Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurant Association of Kenya said even though there are Standard Operating Procedures developed from input of both private and government agencies, the same are yet to be published and this had made it hard for their members to adequately adhere to.
They are therefore urging the ministry to speed up the process of having the guidelines published as soon as possible to avoid what they called continually harassments of their members in various parts of the country by the police.
Further they have called on the police to be considerate as they storm entertainment joints and bars when enforcing the curfew since most of those joints are adhering to the measures announced by the ministry of Health to help in curbing COVID19.”Over the past few days, there have been reports of police and county governments’ officials enforcing the latest measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. While there have been commendable efforts to ensure closing times are adhered to, we have also painfully witnessed the destruction of property and investments by police officers, in some cases long before the designated closing time, which reeks of malice and is clearly an illegality. The enforcement of the law does not and should not involve the destruction of property ”They stated in a statement.
They have urged their members to continue observing measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to adhere by the rules on opening and closing hours as outlined by the Government. Only by compliance with the rules can we make a case to be allowed to continue operating. ”We condemn those that may be breaking the
rules and urge the national”. Their statement added.