NAIVASHA BARS FACE CLOSURE
More than 100 bars in Naivasha risk closure next month after failing to pay for the county’s liquor and trade licence.
Subcounty administrator Julius Nyaata yesterday said bars were issued with temporary permits on condition that they would pay for the licence. “The owners have refused to pay the county the required cash so we will not renew their licences next year,” he said in his office yesterday. Nyaata said the county has lost millions of shillings in revenue. “Many bars open after 5pm, making it hard for our revenue and enforcement officers to deal with. Bars near schools and residential areas were denied licences but they continue to operate. It is just a matter of time before the authorities catch up with them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the collection of sand harvesting fees at the Mai Mahiu cess point in Naivasha has resumed after a two-week impasse. A Kiambu truck company had gone to court to stop the Nakuru government from collecting the cess but it gave up. The standoffreduced revenue collection at the centre from Sh500,000 daily to Sh50,000.