The Lusaka City Council (LCC) says it has launched a
campaign to educate school going children on the dangers of early alcohol intake and other bad vices.
LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager, Habenzu Mulunda, said the council has started going to learning institutions to provide pupils with information on dangers of alcohol abuse with a view to helping stop the vice.
Mr Mulunda said in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today that the council is, among other things, giving motivational talks to pupils aimed at helping stop alcohol abuse and concentrate on school.
He said the move is in line with President Rupiah Banda’s directive for the councils to reinforce by-laws and stop under-age patronizing bars and taverns.
He also said that council police have continued monitoring bars and taverns that are abrogating the laws by allowing under-age patrons and opening before stipulated time of 10:00 hours.
Mr Mulunda said the LCC sends out patrols to ensure that bar and tarven owners abide by the laws and open from 10:00 hours and close at 22:00 hours and do not allow under age patrons.
Mr Mulunda said the council has received a number of complaints from the public concerning these issues since the directive was given last month by President Banda, and thanked the public for their positive responses.
He said the council has received particular massive response from residents in Kabwata and Luangwa Compound in Garden who have tipped the council on illegal sale of alcohol in the areas.
Mr Mulunda said under the Liquor Licensing Laws, it is illegal for individuals to sell beer without a liquor license, adding that it is also prohibited to sell beer to under-age children.
He said the council has reprimanded some and also moved in to close other bars and taverns for committing different offences.
Mr Mulunda has reiterated the council’s commitment to close down flouting liquor businesses, especially during the long weekend.