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House parties are the new alcohol dens

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When President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a 30-day ban on sale of alcohol in eateries and restaurants across the country as part of response towards Covid-19 pandemic, the government’s hope was that the directive would reduce the rate of infections by minimising social gatherings.

But while the directive could have succeeded in reducing social interractions in bars and restaurants, the move might not stop such gatherings, which have now shifted to house parties in estates, especially in major towns across the country.

In Mombasa, the closure of bars and restricted movement during the curfew hours appears to have given a lifeline to the seemingly livelier house parties.

In some estates such as Bamburi, Nyali, and Mtwapa where nightlife is more pronounced, loud music emanating from two nightclubs rents the air, especially during weekends.

Thriving culture

“I have attended more than four house parties in Bamburi during this curfew period and I can tell you for free that they are so well organised, considering that most cops own the wines and spirits outlets, some of the people who supply us with booze are well connected people and therefore, it is practically impossible to expect anyone to get caught,” says a resident of Kiembeni.

While the president has tasked the National Police Service to enforce the directive, what the government may not be aware of is the fact that some of the officers frequent these parties, inadvertently guaranteeing the law breakers the much needed security.

With the “assured security of the officers”, the parties go on uninterrupted with absolute impunity according to multiple sources.

While Kisauni Sub-County Police Commander Julius Kiragu maintains that police have on several occasions responded to complaints about the parties, he denied any involvement of police officers in such gatherings.

“The deejays host live music sessions and are attended even by police officers in civilian clothes. Not once or twice, but regularly,” explains a resident of Bamburi.

Besides the house parties, in some cases, bars are secretly opened to allow clients who are served alcohol on disposable take away paper tumblers, which are then wrapped in a brown envelope to conceal the content.

“Even yesterday (Tuesday) we were served keg beer in a local restaurant. It is done in a very clever way such that it is difficult for anyone to even notice that you are carrying or taking alcohol. The drink looks like apple juice,” explained Pius Nchiru, a resident of Kiembeni.

Also thriving behind the backs of authorities is the sale of the traditional mnazi brew.

In Nakuru, bar owners have been forced to change tact to remain afloat. With many hotels having laid off a number of its workers due to the harsh economic times, some have opted to close shop completely to avoid losses.

At the heart of Nakuru’s Central Business District, the Tas Hotel has been forced to convert part of its nightclub hall into a church in a bid to create more revenue.

According to the facility’s proprietor of Paul Kinyuru, tough times have forced them to become more creative and source funds to cushion his business from a total collapse.

Job losses

Having invested more than Sh25 million in the facility, Kinyuru lamented that he was only able to retain at least five staff in the hotel section.

Kinyuru notes that with the current ban on selling alcohol in eateries, the move has really affected them negatively noting that millions of shillings worth of the business now remains desolate.

He says he has leased the nightclub hall to a Christian outfit, Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church in a bid to secure some few coins for operations.

At the facility yard, Kinyuru has turned the place into a workshop making hospital beds, grills and water handwashing dispensers which he sells to other eateries within the county.

“If you want to survive, you must be creative, I was left with no option but to diversify my business as one way to make money, things are thick for the hotel industry,” says Kinyuru.

Apostle Jeff Bula, the lead pastor at ECG, says once the government allowed resumption of church operations, they decided to lease the nightclub in a bid to commence worship.

The conversion of the nightclub to a church, he says, is one way of spreading the gospel and that congregants are not worried of the surrounding.

He, however, acknowledged that the pandemic has affected a number of businesses within the county.

“We are slowly renovating and currently removing the writings and club inscriptions on the wall. Gospel must continue and it does not matter where we do it from,” says Bula.

AT A GLANCE

• Despite the closure of bars and the ban on gatherings and sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, Kenyans have resulted to house parties as a way to enjoy fun times.

• The police service has absolved itself from the allegations that its officers have been helping the house party culture thrive, especially in Mombasa county.

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MANY PHOTOS of the spectacular retirement home Sarah Kabu gifted her husband on his birthday

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Kenya’s Bonfire adventures MD, Sarah Kabu did the unimaginable for her husband over the weekend, after making a multi-million purchase of a retirement home for her husband, a dream come true on his birthday.

The famous Jabo Jabo couple gave fans a look into their simple yet rich retirement home during the celebrations that went down in Olpajeta, Nanyuki.

Inside Kabus retirement home

The pair gave us a look of the home’s exterior, fitted with large glass windows as walls of the different rooms upstairs, each well furnished with rare exotic African furniture.

The Kabus on baecation

Surrounded with bushes and trees at a distance, the couple did not think much of having a fence around their home, open to all who would pay a visit, with a sign board at the entrance with the words “Welcome to The Kabus retirement home.”

The front yard graced the parking lot while the backyard would be where the couple hosted their social events. With long dining tables and outdoor canvas seats setting the mood for a communal feel, allowing us a view of the large projecting balcony the duo had to enjoy the priceless views of the wild.

Sarah gifts Simon Kabu dream retirement home

In the presence of close friends and family, Mr Kabu was treated to a magnificent birthday event by his wife, Sarah who made his dreams come true with the surprise of his dream retirement home in the wild.

For Simon, as they drove through bushes and thickets, he first thought they were having a bush lunch only to his surprise to discover that his wife had brought to reality, his plans to own a private getaway in the wild when he needed to unwind from the city’s hustling.


The Kabus

Every time the couple would visit the Olpajeta conservancy, Simon would always wishfully admire “ningetaka kuretire hii place” but after Corona happened, his plans stalled. Hardly did he know that his wife was busy taking huge bank loans to give him his dream retirement home. What a love!

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Kabus

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Here is the good news though; you still have a chance to secure your property before this change takes effect.

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This cabro works on the estate’s driveway has been designed to give all families and visitors coming into this gated community an inviting welcome.

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Due to safety factors, children use of outdoor spaces can be limited.

Victory Gardens, a residential gated community with access control and guarded area has been deliberately developed to give parents peace of mind as they get about their daily business without worrying so much about the safety of their children.

The Children’ Play Park along Mwangaza Avenue was also designed with children that are brought up in this gated community in mind.

This project’s Care Taker, Mr. Ondiek and his team have a brief to make sure that the grass is well manicured to make this space as safe as possible for children.

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