Lusaka City Council shuts wine manufacturing firm for flouting environmental rules, warns others


The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has closed down a wine-manufacturing company called Ambassador Wine for operating in unsanitary conditions.

LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager, Nyambe Bulumba, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, said the company was located in Garden Park Ward 10 of Kanyama Constituency.

Bulumba said the closure followed complaints and reports by members of the community who reported that the company was operating with disregard for public health guidelines, endangering their lives and those of its workers.

“The wine manufacturing company was reported to have been discharging contaminated water and solid waste materials among others (dissolved discharge) into the residential areas, affecting a lot of residents,” he stated.

Bulumba said this prompted the council to inspect the said company through the Public Health Department to get to the bottom of the matter.

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He added that during the inspection, it was established that the company was responsible for the reported dissolved discharge into residential areas.

“These findings led to the subsequent closure of the said company’s operations with the entity management having admitted that the allegations levelled against them are indeed true,” Bulumba stated

He said following this development, the company was also charged and would only resume operations once all required sanitary conditions were met to the satisfaction of the local authority.

Bulumba counseled all companies trading within the city to adhere to Public Health Guidelines or risk having their business closed down.

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