The Lusaka City Council (LCC) will start confiscating all beers sold in residential shops as it is against the Liquor Licencing Act.
According to a statement issued by LCC Acting Public Relations Manager, Bupe Chumbwe, the continuous sale of alcohol in residential premises may cause moral decay in society as it will encourage under age drinking and substance abuse.
“The sale of liquor in homes is prohibited. Therefore, anyone found breaching the liquor licensing Act will be prosecuted,” Chumbwe said.
Chumbwe said that the law only provides for the sale of liquor in commercial facilities and retail.
She further said commercial facility owners and retail store owners should not allow consumption of alcohol on their premises.
Meanwhile, Bar and Nightclubs Owners Association of Zambia President, Peter Mwale has welcomed the move by LCC to bring a stop to all illegal sale of liquor in various communities.
Mwale said unlicensed liquor selling does not contribute to growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the country because the illegal traders do not pay tax.
“Let the local authority go out in all communities and stop anyone selling liquor without valid documents because it is against the law,” Mwale said.
“The association is ready to work with the local authority to help bring sanity in the country,”
Mwale has advised the local authority not to backtrack on this move of helping to bring sanity in communities.