COURT REOPENS THREE LIQUOR FIRMS IN KIAMBU

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High court Judge,Justice George Odunga who allowed the re-opening of liquor business in three constituencies in Kiambu County.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High court has issued orders allowing the re-opening of liquor business in three constituencies in Kiambu County.
Justice George Odunga, said that 97 traders whose business have remained closed since the crackdown on illicit brew should be allowed to carry out their work.
The judge said that the business were closed on an order issued by the President but were to be opened upon successful inspection of the premises.
The aggrieved traders through their lawyer Waweru Kiragu, told the court, several bars in Kikuyu, Kabete and Limuru are the most affected despite inspection having been conducted.
The sub-County administration and the entire liquor committee did produce a list of premise to be re-opened but left out members of Kikuyu, Kabete and Limuru constituencies’ liquor traders, the lawyer said.
Mr Kiragu submitted that the applicants have legitimate licenses to operate the liquor business but administration have refused to them op orate.
” The applicants have operated their liquor businesses for many years and their premised are well established” he said.
He told the court that applicants have never dealt with second or third generation liquor, saying the decision by the committee to lock them out was selective.
The decision to close the applicant’s premises and allow other to operate is discriminatory and an abuse of power.
Mr Kiragu told the judge, that business is the only source of livelihood to applicants their families and employees, saying that the perpetual closer of their business contravenes their constitutional right to economic gain.
The court directed that the matter be mentioned on November 4 for further direction.

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