Inside Technology Sakaja is Using to Flag Rogue Club Owners

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja at his office on November 16, 2022
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja at his office on November 16, 2022
Johnson Sakaja

Nairobi County Governor on Tuesday, November 29, informed members of the public that it's now using a cutting edge technology to identify rogue pubs in the city.

In a bid to tame noise making in the capital, Governor Johnson Sakaja's administration acquired a Sound Synthesis System that will be used by county officers during operations targeting non-compliant  nightclubs.

The technology is capable of identifying and determining the level of noise pollution within a locality.

The sound gauge system is able to detect and analyse sound or noise level in any premises.

A Collage of Johnson Sakaja and Matatus in the Nairobi CBD
A collage of Johnson Sakaja addressing a meeting in Nairobi in November 2022 (left) and Matatus withing the CBD (right).

"Noise can cause ill health effects as well as socio-cultural and economic effects.

"For instance, noise nuisance can cause physiological problems such as irritation and annoyance and lack of sleep," read a statement from the county.

County officials are using the technology to identify joints that are causing noise nuisance that can impair communication and disrupt peace within the neighbourhoods.

"As you may be aware, the Nairobi City County Government, Directorate of Environment, Water & Sanitation is tasked with ensuring that the quality of air in respect to noise in the City of Nairobi is measured and monitored and thereafter establishes interventions that seek to reduce noise pollution," the statement read.

The system has successfully been used by county officials to determine sound level in over 20 pubs.

The clubs that were examined include Ashaki Bar and Grill, Cloud 20 Fine Breeze Grilli, Bury Lounge, The Bar Next Door, Claret Lounge, Quiver Lounge, Barizi Lounge, Egesa Lounge among others.

County officials expressed their shock at the high level of sound decibels that were recorded in the most of the clubs that were screened.

This is after Governor Sakaja issued his last warning shot on Sunday, November 27, a tweet that showed the directive was already being implemented by both county officials and police officers.

"Last call. No nightclubs in residential areas," he wrote on twitter as he shared photos of county officers getting ready to raid night clubs.

Sakaja, who received support from President William Ruto, vowed to cancel licenses for nightclubs operating in residential areas.

He confirmed that Nairobi County will no longer issue or renew nightclub licenses operating in residential areas.

Catholic priest, Father Charles Kinyua on Sunday, November 27,  joined the clamour for the closure of all noisy churches in the country.

Father Kinyua argued that churches should find a way to worship silently or else they should be closed just like bars and clubs.

Photo Collage of Some Expensive Restaurants in Nairobi
Photo Collage of Some Expensive Restaurants in Nairobi