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Ban on bars in residential areas long overdue says anti drug activist

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[Reachout Executive director Taib Abdulrahman. Photo/Maxwell Ngala]

Renowned anti-drug activist at the Coast has fully backed the move by Mombasa County assembly to pass a motion banning bars and night clubs in residential area.

Reachout Centre Trust Executive director Taib Abdulrahman said that the move was long overdue since the mushrooming of bars and night clubs in the county dented its image.

Speaking at Ziwani area in Mombasa on Friday, Mr. Taib said that the many liquor joints have gone against the 300 metres distance from residential areas and the county should fully implement such laws.

Taib said that mushrooming of liquor joints in residential areas have negatively impacted on the ethics children as party goers would do the unthinkable in public.

“Not only about the loud music emanating from bars and night clubs in residential areas but also the poor manners that amuse and attracts children,” he noted.

Taib said that the county anti-drug activists are eagerly waiting for the fully implementation of the motion that will see all bars and liquor joints in residential areas, around churches or schools shut down.

In the motion that was tabled by Nominated MCA Mohammed Hattmy, the County government should swing into action and ensure all bars located in residential areas, around schools and churches shut down.

He also wants the county government fully implement the county law to protect children who may be attracted to alcohol and mostly to hard drugs.

“Mombasa county government should swing into action and ensure all bars and other liquor joints in residential areas, schools or near churches are shut down and a legal process instituted against owners,” he added.

Bamburi, Mishomoroni, Mtopanga, Kisimani and Changamwe have been singled out as the most affected areas where it’s easy to find a wines and spirits joint than a shop.