Overnight bar owners fined

THE Lusaka Fast -Track Court has convicted and fined five bar owners for operating beyond stipulated hours.
The five were part of the 20 bars that were served with summons during an operation conducted by a team of State and council police officers at the weekend.
Lusaka City Council (LCC) assistant public relations manager Brenda Katongola said in a statement that the five were convicted and fined K10,000 each or six months imprisonment in default and that they appeared before Magistrate Anna Holland  yesterday.
“The five are part of the 20 that were issued with summons after being found abrogating regulation 4 (3) of Statutory Instrument number 64 of 2012; as read with section 29 Sub-Section 1 and 3 of the Liquor Licensing Act number 20 of 2011 of the Laws of Zambia,” she said.
Ms Katongola said those that appeared before the court were Drill Beat, Joe Mutono Sichilima of Libala and Forever Young Bar of Emmasdale townships.
Others are Statements Lounge and Sports Bar and M.S Liquor Store of Kabwata township.
She said 10 of the offenders were expected to appear in court yesterday but only five appeared, while the other 10 are scheduled to appear in court on Monday next week.
Meanwhile, Lusaka town clerk Alex Mwansa appealed to those that disregarded the summons to report to the prosecution’s office failure to which they would be served with bench warrants.
“The council has been receiving numerous complaints of noise pollution and late closure of bars. This should serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders that the council will not relent in its efforts to bring sanity to the city,” Mr Mwansa said.
According to the council by-laws, bars are supposed to operate from 10:00 to 22:00 hours, while nightclubs are expected to operate from 10:00 hours to midnight.

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