A man smokes shisha from the traditional hubble-bubble ("or hookah"). FILE PHOTO A man smokes shisha from the traditional hubble-bubble ("or hookah"). FILE PHOTO
By HILARY KIMUYU

Two popular city joints were on Friday night ordered shut down for contravening a government directive banning the sale of shisha.

Space Lounge, B-Club were also found not adhering to noise pollution audit as well as non compliance with noise control regulations.

The two clubs located in Kilimani area were ordered shut by the county government, which said, it had received numerous complaints from area residents.

The management and patrons of the two clubs were caught unawares by a police swoop at around 10pm. The patrons were subsequently asked to leave and one of the directors of Space Lounge was arrested.

SMOKING SHISHA

A county official, who is not authorized to speak to the media, said there had been several complaints from the residents and that the two clubs had ignored numerous directives from the county government to reduce noise pollution.

“The complaints were streaming in every day and we had no option but to order them shut and when we walked in revelers were also smoking shisha which is illegal,” he said.

Shisha smoking was outlawed in Kenya last week following the ban of importation, manufacture, advertising and sale of the substance in the country.

In a gazette notice on December 28, 2016, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said any person who will contravene any provisions of these rules will be liable to penalty contemplated in section 163 of the Public Health Act.

Space Lounge’s closure is the latest in series of controversies that the popular club has been embroiled in. The club has been entangled in a legal battle with area residents over its loud music at night.

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