50 hote­liers fined for dirty eater­ies, mis­han­dling food

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Fifty ho­tel op­er­a­tors in Kabar­net town, Baringo county, were ar­rested in a swoop on Wed­nes­day and charged with sell­ing food in un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

They were fined Sh1,500 to Sh50,000. They were charged with dis­play­ing and sell­ing food and sub­stances with­out a li­cence and han­dling food with­out pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and staff med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates.

John Rono, pro­pri­etor of Sinkoro Ho­tel, said the al­le­ga­tions were un­fair and dis­crim­i­na­tory as some peo­ple were fined more than oth­ers. He was fined Sh50,000 for op­er­at­ing in a dirty kitchen and not hav­ing a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate.

In May last year, the pub­lic health de­part­ment had sued the county gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to im­prove hy­giene in the town, build a drainage sys­tem and put up a dump site.

In Au­gust last year, 14 hote­liers were also charged and fined in the same court.

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