Lusaka City Council LCC Public Health Department has recommended 59 bar owners for prosecution in the Lusaka Fast Track Court for defying the Presidential directive on the closure of bars.
LCC Public Relations Officer George Sichimba says a combined team of Council police officers, State police and Public Health Inspectors have been conducting operations in various parts of the city to check on compliance since Thursday 26th March, 2020 when the directive came into effect.
Mr. Sichimba said during these operations, a cumulative total number of 59 bar owners were found operating contrary to the directives.
He has told Christian Voice News in Lusaka today that the affected bar owners have failed to account for their actions hence the decision to recommend them to the Department of Legal Services for prosecution.
And Mr. Sichimba says Council police during the period under review, closed eight makeshift bars in Linda Compound and apprehended owners for illegal trade in liquor and for allowing patrons to gather in mass and consume liquor within the premises contrary to the Liquor Licensing Act and the Statutory Instruments No. 21 and 22 of 2020.
He said Six other people were apprehended for being found drinking illicit beer called Kachasu in a small makeshift stall.