Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has cried foul after Interior CS Fred Matiang’i’s ordered the closure of all bars during the census period.
Matiang'i, on Wednesday, announced that all bars and social entertainment joints should be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Senator Omanga was fast to respond calling the directive punitive to all business people and lovers of alcoholic drinks.
“The directive by CS Matiang'i ordering the closure of all bars and clubs across the country for two days - being Saturday and Sunday; for purposes of the census is unwarranted, unjustifiable and punitive to business people and to lovers and admirers of booze,” Omanga wrote on Facebook.
She further noted that the weekend had landed on a month-end and people would want to relax and enjoy their hard-earned cash.
“Being a weekend, and an end month to boot, it's a tradition for folks to while away time in drinking parlours thanking their bodies for a job well done as well as catching up with buddies to canvas important matters and trending topics,” she added.
Omanga then went on to note that keeping the joints under lock and key meant that the businessmen would endure losses and the domino effect would follow to employees, suppliers and landlords.
“On behalf of stakeholders in this critical sector, I implore CS Matiang'i to consider retracting his orders for the sake of posterity. In any case, people can be counted anywhere they're, anytime,” the senator concluded.
Matiang'i ordered the closure of all entertainment joints for the two days to allow people to stay home for the sake of census.
The CS was speaking from Embu Stadium during the official opening of the 10th edition of the Water Services Companies Games.
He assured that those conducting the whole process were not strangers, adding that security had been beefed up.
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