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Seven disc jockeys were on Saturday night arrested in Nairobi in a crackdown targeting nightclubs playing loud music.
The entertainers were picked from different nightclubs in Nairobi’s Kilimani area during the operation dubbed ‘Punguza Muziki’, whose aim is to curb noise pollution in the city.
The arrested DJs include Bernard Kipruto from Tamasha Restaurant, Samuel Chamba (Gemini), Rich Wambua (Blackies), Dan Max (Cavalli), Emmanuel Munezi (Ashaki), Felix Odhiambo (Casavera), and Marvin Odhiambi (Jiweke Tavern).
Police say the deejays will remain in custody awaiting arraignment on Monday for violating laws that prescribe residents’ rights to peaceful and quiet neighborhoods.
DJ Focus, who was among deejays arrested in a similar operation in Kilimani last weekend, accused police officers of harassing entertainers.
“Last night I was arrested while in the middle of my set for “playing loud music in a club”. I was confused & angered coz it was abrupt w/ no warning & taken aggressively like I was a criminal,” DJ Focus wrote on Twitter.
Clubs in residential areas must be destroyed. A lot of great estates which generate big property taxes have been vacated by owners due to club noise. Mwaafrika atajua kuishi kwa ungwana lini jameni?
Shouldn’t they arrest the club owners? I’ve been to some of these clubs and they are located badly in residential neighborhoods. One thing for sure, they are loud and it can be unbearable for residents who live nearby. Nairobi zoning laws are so screwed up if they exist at all. I under the need to have exclusive clubs in places like kilimani that will cater to the people rich but these subdivision are designed so poorly that businesses are intermingled with residential buildings.
Probably owned by the untouchables. You can have a billion laws governing noise levels etc but nothing doing if unenforceable.
The same law needs to be applied to neighborhood which are a complete nuisance. At times I wonder whether God gets tired of their incessant noise.
Just got back from Kenya a week ago. Bars are everywhere and full to the brim on weekends. The noise emanating from those establishments is deafening because owners pay police to look the other way. Liquor stores are everywhere and some of them employ deejays. Kenyans are alcoholics and that is putting it mildly.
I agree. Young kids are drinking like parents have gone blind. Most permissive parents ever. Internet is helping and killing Africa at the same time. Shetani ashindwe
This is a step that should have taken place long ago. Nairobi west is infested with scores of bars that play deafening music whole night. It's a residential area with schools, hospitals and peace loving people living here. Noise pollution must be curbed!!!! www.shama-e-ferozan.com
Seems like Kenyan DJs have caught up with the Nigerian loud Mouths; and loud Party music. Ni kama Kuumwa na hizo PiliPili (Pepee) na PilkaPilka (Impatience) zao.
What's the Legal noise Decibels??!!!