7 November 2012

Kenya: Residents Want 'Noisy' Shela Beach Bar Closed

RESIDENTS of Likoni's Shela Beach want the National Environment Management Authority to close down the Jet Bar and Restaurant. The residents say the bar makes their lives unbearable through playing loud music at night and live performances every weekend.

They said the owner of the club, located in a residential area, has rejected their requests to tone down the music levels. "We want the noise controlled or the club closed. We can't sleep at night. The weekends are worse as artists stage live performances," said Rashid Mwinyi, a resident.

However, the bar's management refuted the claims saying the complains emanate from their competitors. "Our competitors are trying to frustrate us. We do not disturb anyone. People should just accept competition and work towards bettering their businesses instead of trying to defame us," said Laura, the club manager.

Area police boss Abaguro Guyo said his office found the complains untrue. "I received a complaint on the matter but after investigating, we found them not true. We shall however keep monitoring all entertainment spots to ensure nobody disturbs the peace,' said Guyo.

Mombasa Nema officer Fredrick Nambisia said they have issued warnings to restaurants iagainst noise pollution. "Anyone organising an event should get a licence from us," said Nambisia.

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