Lusaka City Council tears down shanties in Thorn-park area, reportedly to check cholera


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has intensified its Cholera response operation by raising down illegal makeshift restaurants in Lusaka’s Thorn-park area, commonly known as Matebeto.

LCC Public Relations Manager, Chola Mwamba, said makeshift stores erected around Kabelenge, National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Industrial area and Chandwe Musonda road were also brought down.

Mwamba said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday.

She stated that the operation which was spearheaded by the Local Authority’s departments of City Planning and Public Health was done in a bid to curb further spread of cholera.

Mwamba said this was to curb the outspread, as the illegal makeshift stores in question were erected in spaces lacking basic sanitation and waste disposal facilities.

“Having conducted this operation successfully with support from Zambia Police, Lusaka City Council would like to place on record its strong intent and desire to restore order and sanity in the city by bringing to book those perpetrating the illegality,” she stated.

Mwamba added that all makeshift owners trading in food facilities items near Woodlands round-about had also been served with notices to remove their merchandise.

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She said this was to allow the Local Council to clear and clean up the area as the space was not designated as a trading space.

“The Council would like to appeal to members of the public to uphold high levels of hygiene to prevent the scourge of cholera,” Mwamba appealed

She also encouraged members of the public to be cooperative as the Council conducts its continuous exercise to disinfect and distribute chlorine in all cholera hotspots in the city.

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