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DJs Arrested in Raid on Kilimani Clubs

  • Seven deejays are spending the night behind bars after they were arrested on the night of Saturday, April 2, during a raid on Kilimani clubs.

    Police arrested them for causing noise pollution affecting residents of adjacent buildings, in contravention of the country’s laws.

    Confirming the incident, Kilimani police boss Muturi Mbogo stated that the seven had been taken into custody and would be arraigned on Monday, April 4.

    According to reports, residents lodged complaints with the relevant government agencies in November 2021, accusing the clubs of not investing in soundproof materials.

    An aerial view of Kilimani Estate, Nairobi

    They also argued that some of the clubs did not acquire proper permits to allow them to operate with loud music.

    “This issue has been going on since 2017 but has become far worse once the curfew restrictions were lifted.

    “Of importance to note is that their music causes severe vibrations to the entire neighborhood all the way from 9 p.m. into early mornings at 5 a.m. with windows and doors vibrating throughout,†complained the residents.

    In 2009, a law dubbed the Environmental Management and Coordination (Noise and excessive vibration pollution) Regulations was passed allowing Kenyans to enjoy a quiet environment.

    All individuals or groups in charge of events were directed to seek permits allowing them to play loud music at a fee of Ksh2,200.

    The organisers were further directed to ensure that their music is not too loud to cause vibrations to other adjacent buildings affecting the tranquility of the environment.

    Those found culpable of the offense face up to 18 months in jail or a fine not exceeding Sh350,000.

    This is not, however, the first time the police have raided clubs in Nairobi over noise pollution. In 2019, some clubs including Kiza Lounge, B-Club and Tavern were raided over the same.

    An image of NEMA offices in Nairobi, Kenya
    An image of NEMA offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

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