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DJs should not violate people’s rights; Mike Sonko

There has been a raging war between DJs and the authorities, with the later protesting about being arrested by the police. The tension between the two reached a new high over the weekend when two Djs were arrested, a move that saw DJs in the country cry foul and start the hastag #StopArrestingDJs.

However, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has weighed in on the issue and is has warned DJs against noise pollution in residential areas.

“The issue of arrest and harassment of DJs has come to my attention. I appreciate youths trying to make a living. However, DJs especially in the residential areas, should not violate the rights of Nairobians to a good working and living environment.

Watoto wa shule and hard working Nairobians should be allowed to have a peaceful night so as to have productive days. In many cases bar owners and managers are never in the scene during operations that’s why at some point our DJs are held responsible coz they’re the operators of the music machines. Also note that, we receive complains from residents before we act. Kwa hivyo tunaomba DJs waangalie hio”

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  1. But why arrest DJs or confiscate their sensitive equipment when it would suffice to issue a warning and only take physical measures if the offender fails to comply?

    The Governor’s response has a bullying quality, yet we know that what the County needs most is well educated, honest and courteous enforcers who have powers of persuasion and need not wave a baton at everything.

    Use NEMA and measure the sound to avoid subjective perceptions of noise from those that complain, and then FINE the owners if you want compliance tha lasts.

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