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Popular club bemoans ban of lucrative shisha

Tribeka bar and Restaurant Manager Bill Oyoo arranges shisha water pipes at Tribeka on December 28, 2017 - a day when the Ministry of Health banned its use. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL  | NMG
Tribeka bar and Restaurant Manager Bill Oyoo arranges shisha water pipes at Tribeka on December 28, 2017 - a day when the Ministry of Health banned its use. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG 

Smoking and selling water-pipe tobacco, commonly known as shisha, will earn one a jail term of six months or a fine of Sh50, 000 after Kenya banned it.

Importation, manufacture, sale or distribution of shisha has also been prohibited through a gazette notice issued yesterday.

Kenya becomes the third country in east Africa to impose such a ban after Tanzania and Rwanda.

“Any person who contravenes any provisions of these Rules may, where a penalty has not been expressly provided for under any provision of the Act, be liable to the penalty contemplated under Section 163 of the [Public Health] Act,” says the special Kenya Gazette notice dated December 28 signed by Health Secretary Cleopa Mailu (above).