Lusaka City Council revokes 31 liquor licenses in Munali, Kabwata constituencies


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has revoked thirty-one liquor licenses due to non-compliance and trading in undesignated areas within Munali and Kabwata constituencies.

LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager, Nyambe Bulumba, said the action was in accordance with the Liquor Licensing Act No. 20 of 201.

Bulumba in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, stated that the law prohibited trading without a liquor license and trading in undesignated areas such as residential areas and on road frontages, among others.

“Several traders were found operating without a change of land use, while others were selling alcohol in temporary structures, such as car washes,” he said.

Bulumba stated that consequently, an assortment of beer was seized from these erring traders.

“Following extensive inspections by the council’s Public Health Department, aimed at curbing illegal liquor licences in Munali and Kabwata, the exercise is now being extended to all seven constituencies in the city with the primary goal of restoring order and sanity to the liquor trade,” he said.

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Bulumba noted with sadness that despite repeated warnings, there had been a continued disregard for the Public Health Act Cap 295 and the Liquor Licensing Act No. 20 of 2011, necessitating these inspections.

He said the council would continue with this initiative, and that those found flouting the law will face arrests and prosecution, serving as a deterrent to would-be violators.

“Liquor traders are urged to adhere to the legal requirements to avoid inconvenience. Residents are also reminded to refrain from playing loud music, which causes disturbance to others,” he advised.

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