Werugha bar operators have decried arbitrary closure of bars without notice by the County Executive.
In a Petition sent to the County Assembly, the bar owners said they are unable to service loans, pay rent, school fees and carter for family needs since their businesses were closed down on 29th January, 2020.
Majority Leader, Hon. Jason Tuja, who is also the area Member of County Assembly has said the move by the Executive is uncalled for and it has adversely affected other businesses including hotels and butcheries to a point of causing economic standoff in the area.
“Mr. Speaker, these bars have been operating since the year 1973 and the owners have been engaging in legal trade. They have been earning a living through these bars and closing them without notice is unfortunate,” said Hon Tuja.
Hon. Tuja expressed fears that the traders will continue languishing in poverty if the closure notice will not be lifted.
He asked the Chairperson, Committee on Trade, Industry and Co-operative Development to take up the matter with the seriousness it deserves by inviting the Executive department in charge to shed light on the subject raised by petitioners.
Hon. Godwin Kilele, MCA, Sagalla termed the move by the Executive unfair since the traders have been undertaking legal trade and are licensed.