Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has reaffirmed the order to close all food and drink joints at 5 pm on August 24th, despite opposition from a section of Kenyans and legislators.

During a press briefing by the cabinet committee on Census, the stern interior minister stood firm on his directive concerning the evening of August 24th.

“Bars open at 2 pm, you can have your beer till 5 pm when they close. If by this time you will not have had enough, then I think there is something wrong with you,” he said.

This comes after a section of leaders, including one Senator Milicent Omanga, who faulted the directive, terming it as unwarranted and unjustified, adding that the move will mean harm to businesses that thrive during the weekend.

 “…They’ll have no cash to pay their employees, suppliers and landlords,” she said.

This interesting stalemate will play out during the roll out of Kenya’s 2019 census on Saturday, a cat and mouse game between the government and lovers of the bottle.