“who have become a nuisance in big cities including the capital Dodoma which has recently seen a big influx after the government relocated here.”
He also directed the DCs and RCs to ensure they also act against bars and restaurants that cause disturbance to residents by playing loud music.
The minister made the statement in response to a supplementary question by the Maryam Msabaha (Special Seats, Chadema) who said that most bars in Dodoma play loud music and are bothersome to residents.
The number of sex workers is increasing in the city at an alarming rate and they operate carelessly in the political capital, irritating those not interested in their business, especially during this holy month, the MP declared.
“Why can’t the government issue a statement condemning the business as well as closing bars that interrupt people at night with loud noise?” she demanded.
The lawmaker objected to loud music from bars in Dodoma and other major urban areas, saying “it is as if there are no law enforcers to tame rogue bar owners.”
In response, minister Jafo acknowledged that there are bars and club businesses in residential areas but that the government has directed those operating them to abide by the Intoxicating Liquors Act, 1968.
“The government will not hesitate to take action on those who violate the law, causing trouble to residents” he declared.
Standing on a supplementary question, Special Seats MP Shalley Raymond (CCM) stated that former government estates like Uzunguni in Dodoma and other towns like Moshi, Arusha among other areas that were sold to the public are being used as bars and become dens for some bad things, calling on the government to use existing laws to stop the habit since they make noise in residential areas.
“It is bad to see some houses in some of the former affluent estates being used for some bad businesses, making noise to residents” said the MP.
Jafo maintained that there is need for law enforcers to work on the matter to ensure people live peacefully.