"I will not close noisy churches" - Governor Sakaja

for Tv47 Digital December 02, 2022, 08:05 AM
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja speaking to county officials at City Hall on November 29, 2022. PHOTO | SAKAJA Twitter

In Summary

  • Pubs, Entertainment, and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) had estimated that more than 23,000 people risk losing jobs as a result of Governor Sakaja's ban on clubs in residential areas.
  • President Ruto has lauded Sakaja for the directive saying this was a good move to keep noise away from children.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has said that his administration will not close churches and other places of worship over noise pollution.

Speaking on Thursday, December 1 evening while commissioning the Green Park Terminus, Sakaja said he will engage the clergy to find a possible solution to curb noise pollution in residential areas.

“We are going to have a conversation also with the churches that please let us be considerate of others, and that is how you spread the gospel by being a good example. Of course siwezi enda kufunga kanisa.

"Hiyo sitafanya (I won’t do that) because I’m a believer and I will not touch a place of worship, whether it’s a mosque, a church or a synagogue but we are urging them to set an example and be responsible," Sakaja said.

However, Sakaja said that he will not back peddle on his move to shut down noisy nightclubs in the city saying he has no time for those seeking sympathy in the name of losing jobs.

"I will not go back on the abolition of bars and restaurants from residences. We have closed that chapter. Let us move on. Those saying people will lose jobs are seeking sympathy. It is the right thing to do although it is unpopular," he added.

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