ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
THE Mongu Municipal Council has closed 13 bars in the area and dragged the owners to court for operating beyond the stipulated time.
Mongu town clerk Patrick Kambita said the local authority effected the closures in the last two weeks.
Mr Kambita was speaking in Mongu on Tuesday during a three-day Western Province HIV indaba.
Mr Kambita said the local authority is having challenges in curbing the problem because of low court fines that are slapped on perpetrators.
“I have a number of people who have been taken to court but they have been made to pay less than K500, which they are able to afford, as it is too little. We need to stiffen the laws so that this trend is brought to a halt,” he said.
And local authorities in the province have started scrutinising lodges that seem to be operating as brothels contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
This came to light in a local government group presentation at the indaba.
The presentation also indicated that a number of shebeens have mushroomed in the province over the years.
The HIV indaba has been organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with cooperating partners to find a lasting solution for increasing HIV prevalence rate.
Western Province has a prevalence rate of 16 percent.