Ndola City Council on the Copperbelt province today pounced on illegal dealers selling liquor in illegal locations without liquor licenses.
ZANIS reports that Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza confirmed the development that the local authority’s department of Public Health with the council police moved in today and confiscated the hundreds boxes of liquor.
Ms Mwanza added that many people have been selling alcohol illegally in areas such as bus stations without trading licenses a situation which has made alcohol easily accessible by underage persons.
She said the local authority has made the move to address the escalating levels of consumption of alcohol among the underage in the city.
According to the Liquor Licensing Act No. of 2011 section 27 regulations of sale of intoxicating liquor prohibits the sale of liquor without a license while section 29 prohibits sale and consumption of liquor during unpermitted hours.
Section 32 prohibits consumption of liquor in places not licensed whilst 35 prohibits employing children in liquor licensed premises and 36 prohibiting the restriction on sale and delivery of liquor to children.
Ms Mwanza said that of late the council has been receiving complaints of underage drinking and drug abuse parties taking place is some locations in the city.
She has since warned those involved in organizing and attending night parties to desist from the illegal activities otherwise the law shall soon catch up with them.
Ms Mwanza stated that Ndola Mayor has resolved to work with Police to ensure those involved in the vices are arrested and prosecuted in order to prevent violent behaviour that arise from alcohol abuse.