Nairobi street parties to be banned in new proposal

muloozi Daniel
muloozi Daniel

The Nairobi County Assembly is exploring a ban on street parties in residential areas, citing concerns about noise, crime, and negative impacts on young people.

Majority Leader Peter Imwatok, who represents Makongeni Ward, tabled a notice of motion arguing that loud music from these parties disrupts the peace of residents. He expressed concern that these gatherings, often featuring reggae music, “attract both the youth and school going children.”

Imwatok further argues that the presence of school children at these parties leads to “moral decay and nonperformance in learning institutions.” He connects the parties to “dropping out of schools and drug addiction” among youth.

The proposal also highlights potential security risks associated with street parties. Imwatok alleges these events attract criminal activity like muggings and drug abuse.

Imwatok’s motion calls for the county executive to ban all street parties and reggae sessions in residential areas.

Additionally, it proposes the development of regulations to govern such gatherings in the future.

This move by the County Assembly echoes concerns raised at the national level.

Last year, UDA-nominated Senator Karen Nyamu tabled a motion regarding “Aluta Sundays,” a trend involving late-night partying and alcohol consumption beyond permitted hours.

Senator Nyamu sought information from the National Security Committee concerning the rise of “uncontrolled partying and clubbing.” She raised questions about the number of licensed bars in residential areas and their potential impact on surrounding communities.

Additionally, she inquired about measures to enforce legal operating hours for alcohol establishments.

Nyamu’s motion aimed to address the broader issue of alcohol consumption and entertainment near residences. She requested a plan to control “Aluta activities” and a review of regulations on alcohol outlets in residential neighborhoods.

The Nairobi County Assembly’s proposal and Senator Nyamu’s motion highlight growing concerns about the impact of late-night gatherings and alcohol consumption on communities. These initiatives suggest a potential shift towards stricter regulations on these activities, particularly in residential areas.

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