LWSC fined K2,800 over Kabangwe project

THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has slapped a K2,800 fine on Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) for failing to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a water project in Kabangwe.
This is in a case in which the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) sued LWSC for wilful failure to undertake an EIA, contrary to the Environmental Management Act of 2011.
In the second count, LWSC was charged with failure to prepare and submit a project brief for the EIA.
Particulars of the offence are that LWSC, between November last year and July this year, started a water project in Kabangwe and Chazanga in Chibombo district without meeting environmental management requirements.
When the matter came up for hearing on Monday, LWSC managing director George Ndongwe admitted the charge and pleaded guilty.
“We have admitted the charges, we were under pressure to install commercial boreholes to service over 65,000 people before the onset of the rains,” Mr Ndongwe said.
Magistrate Jane Bwalya then fined the company K1,400 in the first count and the same amount in the second one.
She ordered that the payments be made forthwith or in default nine months imprisonment which should be served by Mr Ndongwe.

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