Hotels in Lamu to lose licences over failure to keep guest records

Hotels in Lamu to lose licences over failure to keep guest records

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Lamu, KENYA:The county administration of Lamu has threatened to take legal action against all hotel, guest houses and entertainment joint owners who shall fail to keep an up to date record of all those frequenting their places.

Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said those who shall be found without the records shall also lose their operation licenses to run the ventures.

The move is to aid in police investigations whenever need occurs and also help owners of the premises to identity criminals posing as guests.

Kanyiri said the move will greatly boost security measures in the county.

Speaking in Lamu on Tuesday,Kanyiri said it was dangerous for entertainment joint owners to host people without having a clear record of who they are and at least a glimpse of why they are in Lamu.

He said many cared less who they host at their joints as long as they made profits from their businesses and termed the move selfish and careless.

“Earlier on we had instructed entertainment joint owners to have all guests thoroughly frisked before being allowed in. But as it is, not many if none at all has paid any seriousness to that. We shall however have our officers go round thus joints daily for an updated record of all guests and those who won’t have it might just lose their license and be prosecuted too,”said Kanyiri.

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He called for the cooperation of all saying the measure is only meant to fish out criminals who hide among guests in such joints.

Kanyiri also asked locals to cooperate with the police and report any known criminals amongst them in order to ensure Lamu remains safe and peaceful.