The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has arrested one of the Directors of Spectra Oil Corporation Limited and an Operations Manager.
ZEMA Corporate Affairs Manager Ireen Chipili said Maximillan Hamukale Director of Finance and Hyden Banda Director of Operations were arrested for contravening the provisions of the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011 (EMA) of the laws of Zambia.
Mrs. Chipili said between March 1st and 29th 2017, the duo contravened the order to cease operations which was issued by the agency on March 3, 2017.
“The order to cease operations was issued with respect to the construction of a service station at the corner of Kawama and Mosi-oa-Tunya roads in Woodlands, Lusaka and the activities were being undertaken without approval from ZEMA contrary to section 119 of EMA,” she stated.
Mrs. Chipili said the two were arrested on Tuesday and will appear in court soon.
She has reminded all facilities that it is an offence to commence such development works without approval from ZEMA.
Mrs. Chipili said developers are requested to obtain necessary licenses from the agency as required by the environmental law and other relevant laws.
This is contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka on Thursday.