Jacaranda, San Valencia shut over cholera

The government yesterday closed two hotels in Nairobi indefinitely, following a cholera outbreak in the capital.

Health CS Cleopa Mailu announced that Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels be shut, saying they “pose a risk to the public”.

The two are said to have offered catering services at events whose participants were later hospitalised with cholera symptoms.

Mailu said the hotels will remain closed until their staff are tested and certified.

“We will continue to do so [close the establishments] if we establish there is risk to the public. I also want to send a warning to people providing catering services that we are going to be very strict on them,” he said.

But the management of San Valencia said they have not received any communication from the ministry or City Hall ordering the closure.

“This is ridiculous. This hotel is too clean and it is a chain. It has outlets in Kampala and other parts of East Africa. This facility has been inspected several times by City Hall and has been given a clean bill of health,” a manager said.

Last week, Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his Industrialisation counterpart Adan Mohammed were among 30 people treated for cholera-like symptoms after they ate food at a trade event at the KICC.

Yesterday, Jacaranda Hotel denied supplying food during the conference at the KICC last week.

Sales manager Liz Tapawa said the hotel does not offer catering services to the KICC and Rotitch has never been to the hotel.

She said the hotel has been operational and neither its staff nor guests have been affected by cholera.

“We received the information from social media last week that our hotel was involved in catering at an event at the KICC, where CS Rotich was allegedly taken ill after eating. The KICC has its appointed caterers and we are not among them,” Tapawa said.

She said the hotel has not received any closure orders from the ministry.

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