A Director at entertainment joint B-CLUB is now a wanted man after the High Court issued a warrant of arrest against him for failing to appear in court for sentencing in a case where he is sued by Kilimani residents for playing loud music.
Environment and Lands Court judge Loise Komingoi has ordered the Officer in Charge of Kilimani Police Station to ensure that Barry Ndegeyiyoma is arrested and brought to court with immediate effect.
“The OCS Kilimani police station, you are hereby directed to arrest the said Barry Ndegeyiyoma and bring him before this court with all convenient speed,” Komingoi ordered.
The orders follow a case where residents of the upmarket estate filed a case saying that four entertainment clubs within Kilimani area have become a nuisance as they disturb peace of the area.
The clubs sued alongside B-Club are Kiza Restaurant and Lounge, Space Lounge and Grill, and Explorer Tavern.
Through lawyer Cecil Miller, the residents have accused the four clubs of playing loud music daily and hosting rowdy drunken revellers thereby depriving them of sleep and security.
The director of B-club Ndegeyiyoma was due to be sentenced for contempt of court for disobeying a judgement delivered in 2019 that ordered him to close down the club.
“What goes on these establishments is causing a bad influence to the children thus violating their rights and fundamental freedoms,” Miller argued in the contempt of court proceedings.
In documents filed in court, the residents under the Kilimani Project Foundation claim that the entertainment joints expose them to serious health and security risks.
The residents accuse the four clubs of defying a court order dated October 17, 2019, which required them to halt operations within the locality.
In the judgement, the court declared that the permits and licenses issued to the four clubs by the Nairobi County Government are unlawful and illegal.
According to the contempt of court proceedings, the residents argue that the clubs have continued to violate their rights to a clean and healthy environment.
The residents want the court to impose a fine and or penalty against the proprietors of Kiza Lounge, B-Club, Space Lounge and Grill, and Explorer Tavern or commit them to civil jail.