Twitter has erupted in fury after a video emerged of security men ejecting revellers from top city nightclubs and hounding them into waiting Police lorries.
In some two videos circulating the internet, which also made it to the national news on TV, party-goers can be seen being escorted out of City nightclubs Kiza Lounge and B-Club and later being piled into a police lorry to destinations not known.
On Twitter, Kenyans trained their anger and disgust at the Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who has been on the forefront of championing the closure of top Nairobi clubs.
Karen Jude, tweeted, “And what of the Mabati churches in my area? Has the Governor considered closing them down? They wake me up every 4am with loud, distorted music!”
Any club that was ever shut and never came back? The Space has been shut more than enough times yet still alive.
B-Club, Kiza, Jiweke will be back before you know it. Give them enough time to negotiate bribes then feign compliance & boom! Back at it.
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) January 11, 2018
I think i'm too clueless about these things. I didn't even know Kiza and B club are in the same building. https://t.co/GadBAr0FYD
— Carlasinga (@Kalasinga_) January 14, 2018
This thing of #NEMA closing bars coz of noise pollution only happens in posh areas,watu wa eastlands mko peke yenu….labda washike estate mzima
— Peter Waweru (@petwaweru) January 11, 2018
And Luke Bunde lamented the state of noisiness in his neighborhood tweeting, “Why close clubs that honestly couldn’t even compare to the noise, madness and recklessness that goes on in Umoja?”
From most of the tweets, most of which were directed at the embattled Governor and the NEMA outfit, Kenyans seemed to sense dishonesty in the way the whole affair was being conducted.
“And arresting party-goers? What sort of madness is this? What crime has a reveler committed? Is this Saudi Arabia?” Mark Kimotho tweeted.
@MikeSonko you becoming too petty ,there other serous issues which need to address other closing kiza, b club. This is total sideshows which do not help people at all. Garbage, insecurity, hawking at cbd ,drainage and potholes are key challenges. I regret voting for you.
— NGETICH K CALEB (@ngetichkip3) January 12, 2018
Over the last two weeks, the Nairobi County Government has spearheaded a vigorous campaign against clubs like Space Lounge, Jiweke Tavern, Kiza Lounge and B-Club and has even intimated to having their operational licences revoked and the clubs closed down with immediate affect.
Already, some 3,500 Kenyans, most of whom are staff and employees of the targeted nightclubs, are staring at unemployment if the said order is to be followed through.