Popular Citizen TV news anchor Trevor Ombija on Wednesday found himself at the centre of controversy following his take on the 43 bars and entertainment joints on the verge of closure in Nairobi.
Recently, Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai has been on the neck of bar owners due to the noise emanating from the joints.
On Tuesday, Nairobi County Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri held a meeting with the 43 bar owners whose establishments are earmarked for closure at Ngong Hills Hotel, where they aired their grievances to the county leadership of Governor Johnson Sakaja.
In a clip that has since gone viral on social media, Ombija can be seen asking Nairobi County officials to institute a minimum threshold for the number of residents’ complaints that necessitate action from authorities.
According to Ombija, loud entertainment joints should not be closed over “a few complaints from neighbouring residents,” and that it should require at least half of the people living in the area complaining to warrant action.
“When there is a complaint against a bar owner or a restaurant, let us have more than half of the people complaining. If the apartments are twenty, fifteen of them should show us their list, signed, and tell us this is the problem,” he is heard saying in the clip.
However, his sentiments drew criticism from Kenyans, particularly online.