Police in Kajiado town on Saturday morning arrested 27 people for drinking and selling alcohol before the recommended operating hours.
During the crackdown which took place at 06:30 am, seven wines and spirits shops within the town were raided and eight operators were arrested for selling alcohol before the opening hours.
19 revellers were also arrested during the morning raid and will be arraigned in court on Monday for contravening Covid-19 protocols.
Kajiado County Police Commander Muthuri Mwongera ordered the crackdown following complaints from the public that alcohol was being sold as early as 6:00 am and past curfew hours.
“We have arrested 8 operators for selling alcohol in the morning at around 06:30 am, we also arrested revelers who were found drinking and they will all be arraigned in court on Monday,” said Mwongera.
Mwongera urged operators to obey the law and warned those selling alcohol before the operating hours that their licenses would be revoked.
He further noted that that the police were also pursuing operators of betting machines that have been banned by the government.
Residents of the town have in the recent past raised alarm over the sale of alcohol very early in the morning by wines and spirits shops.
The shops sell alcohol in the morning to avoid arrest as police do not patrol the area during that time.
The residents also complained that the outlets were selling alcohol to minors which was against the law and called for the owners to be arrested and the outlets shut down.