A crackdown targeting nightclubs playing loud music in the city has seen seven-disc jockeys arrested over the weekend in Nairobi.
The entertainers from different nightclubs in Nairobi’s Kilimani area were nabbed during the operation dubbed ‘Punguza Muziki’, whose aim is to curb noise pollution in the city.
The arrested DJs include Bernard Kipruto (Tamasha Restaurant), Samuel Chamba (Gemini), Rich Wambua (Blackies), Dan Max (Cavalli), Emmanuel Munezi (Ashaki), Felix Odhiambo (Casavera), and Marvin Odhiambi (Jiweke Tavern).
Police said the deejays will remain in custody awaiting arraignment for violating laws that prescribe residents’ rights to peaceful and quiet neighborhoods.
In a similar operation in Kilimani last weekend, DJ Focus, who was among deejays arrested, accused police officers of harassing entertainers.
“Last night I was arrested while in the middle of my set for “playing loud music in a club”. I was confused & angered coz it was abrupt with no warning & taken aggressively like I was a criminal,” DJ Focus wrote on Twitter.
The police action comes after several unsuccessful attempts by residents and the Kilimani Project Foundation to engage with club owners on the management of their clubs, excessive noise levels, and operating hours.
Irungu Houghton, board member of Kilimani Project Foundation said that residents across the country have moved to the Environment and Land Court and the Constitutional and Human Rights Courts have ruled in favor of residents’ constitutional rights to dignity, privacy, peace, and a quiet environment.
“While remaining open to dialogue with the seven clubs and their resident neighbors, Foundation reserves the right to undertake legal action against the seven clubs. The recent closure of B Club, Kizza, Explorer, and the Space Lounge and warrant of arrest against B-Club owner sets constitutional precedence against clubs that deliberately practice noise terrorism against their neighbors,” he said.