Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has termed the move by interior Cs Dr Fred Matiangi to close all Bars on the eve of Census day as ‘unwarranted, unjustifiable and punitive to business people and to lovers and admirers of booze.’
In a Facebook post the controversial Senator said that being a weekend Kenyans should be allowed to enjoy themselves and be counted where they will be.
“Being a weekend, and an end month to boot, it’s tradition for folks to while away time in drinking parlors thanking their bodies for a job well done as well as catching up with buddies to canvass important matters and trending topics.
To keep these favorite joints under lock and key means businesses will harvest massive losses and therefore they’ll have no cash to pay their employees, suppliers and landlords,” the senator said on her Facebook page.
The Senator further faulted the CS saying Kenyans can be counted anywhere and at anytime.
However, briefing the country on the preparedness of the exercise, Interior Cs Dr Fred Matiang’i said that its not the governments wish to do so but to also allow the exercise go out freely as someone under the influence of alcohol can not give accurate information required.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by the closing of social joints. We have to carry out the census. We will not revise the decision. On a personal level, you can have your drink from 2-5 pm. You can watch Arsenal and Liverpool at home, your family may have the rare chance of watching with you,” he said.
“”Bars open at 2pm, you can have your beer till 5pm when they close. If by this time you will not have had enough, then I think there is something wrong with you,” he added during a media briefing at his Harambee House office.