Kitwe marketeers defy Kitwe City Council’s ban on the sale of liquor in markets
Traders in Kitwe have defied Kitwe City Council’s ban on the sale of liquor in markets. A check by ZANIS at Chisokone, Nakadoli and Buchi markets yesterday found some traders selling liquor within the trading premises.
Some liquor traders talked to expressed ignorance over the ban while others argued that their shops are not inside the green markets where the ban applies.
Roy Banda, one of the traders at Buchi market, said he has continued selling liquor because his shop was in the area allocated for bars despite it being within the market premises.
Last month, Kitwe Town Clerk, Bornwell Luanga, banned the sale of liquor in markets in an effort to bring sanity in markets and regulate the access of the commodity to the underage.
The ban was also in conformity with the Markets and Bus Stations Act which inhibits the practice.
The traders were given two weeks to clear their stocks after which the local authority would start prosecuting defaulters.
Meanwhile, manufactures have introduced on the market a new package of alcohol closely similar to that of the banned alcohol sachets commonly known as utujili-jili except the new ones are in small bottles.
The small spirit bottles are also as bad as the banned sachets because they can also be abused as they are also affordable.