The Lusaka Fast Track Court has convicted and fined five bar owners
for operating beyond the stipulated hours.
The five were part of the 20 bars that were served with summons during
an operation conducted by a combined team of State and Council Police
officers over the weekend.
The five who were convicted and fined K10, 000 each or six (6) months
in default, appeared before Magistrate Anna Holland today (Monday,
February 6, 2017).
The five were part of the 20 that were issued with summons after being
found abrogating Regulation 4 (3) of Statutory Instrument number 64 of
2012; as read with section 29 Sub-Section 1 and 3 of the Liquor
Licensing Act number 20 of 2011 of the Laws of Zambia.
Those that appeared before the court were Drill Beat Bar of Libala,
Forever Young Bar of Emmasdale, Joe Mutono Sichilima of Libala,
Statements Lounge and Sports Bar and M. S Liquor Store of Kabwata.
10 of the defaulters were expected to appear in court today (Monday)
but only five appeared, while the other 10 are scheduled to appear in
court on Monday next week.
Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa appealed to those that disregarded the
summons to report themselves to the Prosecutions Office failure to
which they will be served with Bench Warrants.
“The Council has been receiving numerous complaints of noise pollution
and late closure of bars. This should serve as a deterrent to would-be
offenders that the Council will not relent in its efforts to bring
sanity in the city,” Mr Mwansa said.
Operating hours for bars is from 10:00 hours to 22:00 hours, while
nightclubs it is from 10:00 hours to midnight.