Local authority threatens to shut businesses at COMESA market for failure to pay levies


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has given traders at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Market seven days from Wednesday in which to pay for business levy, fire and health certificates.

In a notice issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, Lusaka Town Clerk, Brighton Mbaimbai, said it has come to the local authority’s attention that all traders at COMESA Market are operating without necessary documentations.

Mbaimbai said this is contrary to the provisions of the local government regulations number 70 of 2011, the public health act and fire service regulations.

He has reminded all traders at COMESA to apply for renewal of these permits before the deadline.

“All Traders are therefore given seven days from the date of the notice within which to pay for business levy, fire and health certificates,” Mbaimbai said.

He has warned that failure to do so will attract a penalty of closure of the business as prescribed by law.

Mbaimbai said all traders and business house at the market must apply for renewal of the permits before the seven days deadline.

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“Applications made after the deadline will attract a penalty fee or closure of the business as prescribed by law,” he said.

Mbaimbai said all payments should be made through any of the registered commercial banks and LCC online platforms.

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