NAIVASHA BARS FACE CLO­SURE

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

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