Sunday, 20 February 2011

MORE THAN 200 BUSINESSES IN LUSAKA, THE ZAMBIAN CAPITAL, FACE PROSECUTION FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE BLOCKAGE OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN THE CITY CAUSING FLOODING DURING THE RAINY SEASONS

MORE THAN 200 BUSINESSES IN LUSAKA, THE ZAMBIAN CAPITAL, FACE PROSECUTION FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE BLOCKAGE OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN THE CITY CAUSING FLOODING DURING THE RAINY SEASONS.
THE LUSAKA CITY COUNCIL (LCC) HAS EMBARKED ON A CRACKDOWN ON ALL BUSINESSES THAT WERE NOT SUBSCRIBING TO WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE CITY, A SITUATION THAT WAS CAUSING THE BLOCKING OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM.
COUNCIL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER HENRY KAPATA SAYS THE COMPANIES IN QUESTION PAY ELECTRICITY AND WATER BILLS BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF BEING CUT OFF BUT THEY DON'T PAY FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT COLLECTION.
ACCORDING TO MY KAPATA, ABOUT 272 FIRMS FROM THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT WILL BE DRAGGED TO COURT OVER THEIR FAILURE TO SUBSCRIBE TO WASTE MANAGEMENT DEMANDS.
THE COUNCIL HAS SO FAR SUED 160 FIRMS FROM KAMWALA -- A SHOPPING AREA SITUATED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND SO FAR SIX BUSINESSES HAVE PROSECUTED AND FINED.
UNDER THE COUNTRY'S WASTE MANAGEMENT LAW, BUSINESSES WERE SUPPOSED TO PAY A LEVY TO PRIVATE FIRMS CONTRACTED BY THE COUNCIL FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION BUT THE BUSINESSES WERE NOT DOING THAT, A SITUATION THAT HAD RESULTED IN THE ACCUMULATION OF GARBAGE AND BLOCKING OF THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

published by augustine m sichula

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