Nairobi County Officers Ambush Nairobi Company & Arrest 2 Managers

County Government vans outside a company raided on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Nairobi.
County Government vans outside a company raided on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Nairobi.
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Two managers were on Tuesday, February 27, arrested in Nairobi after county officials raided a company in an ongoing crackdown within the city and its environs. 

A team from the Nairobi City County Environmental Monitoring Compliance and Enforcement ambushed operations at a paint manufacturing and distribution company.

According to the arresting officers, the two managers were apprehended to answer to allegations that had been made against the company, as investigations were launched to ascertain the same. 

The company, whose factory is located along the Outer Ring road, off the Thika Superhighway, allegedly failed to comply with safety measures and regulations put in place for the manufacture of paints. 

Police officers at a scene in a previous incident
Police officers conducting a raid at Apartments in Nairobi County in February 2019.

As one of the leading manufacturers of paints in the country, the county officials were forced to take action as it serves a large percentage of the country with paint among surface materials. 

This comes after Kariobangi North estate residents reported a fire at a paint manufacturing plant.

On February 7, seven people sustained injuries after a fire broke out at a station near Kariobangi, extending to nearby homes. 

The Nairobi Governor in efforts to tame illegal gas refilling stations and other companies operating without licenses, instructed officials to conduct investigations and close down operations derailing development and risking the lives of residents. 

In a similar crackdown, the county government on Tuesday shut down over 120 alcohol outlets in the Starehe Sub County area, following a directive to raid stores operating within bus stations. 

According to a statement released by the county, 25 suspects were arrested during the raid conducted by officials drawn from the Nairobi Liquor Department and the National Police Services.

Governor Sakaja faulted the alcohol outlets for the road accidents reported in the first two months of 2024, claiming that drivers were driving inebriated by the booze sold near the bus stations. 

“Drivers and touts have become habitual drinkers. We are going to remove the wines and spirits located at the stages within a week," Sakaja stated.

A matatu stage in Nairobi (left) and Governor Johnson Sakaja.
A matatu stage in Nairobi (left) and Governor Johnson Sakaja.
Johnson Sakaja
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