COUNCIL TO CLAMP DOWN ON ‘SHEBEENS’

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By NATION REPORTER

NDOLA City Council has warned residents to desist from selling alcohol in their homes or they risk being prosecuted.

The illegal practice has become common in densely populated townships such as Chifubu, Masala and other areas. Council public relations manager Tilyenyi Mwanza said the local authority would soon swing into action and apprehend all erring residents.

Some residents from Fibobe ward in Chifubu, have complained of the rampant illegal sale of alcohol in homes.

Ms Mwanza has thus appealed to residents in affected areas to be whistle blowers and report anyone who was selling alcohol in undesignated areas.

She said such acts were not only disturbing to residents but also corrupting the morals of young people in the communities.

“The act of selling alcohol in homes is not right as it disturbs other residents and corrupts the morals of young people in the communities, in turn promoting underage drinking,” she said.

Ms Mwanza disclosed that the council had been conducting inspections in some areas where the vice was rampant adding that a number of arrests had been made and the goods confiscated.

She added that some of the bars in communities had been turned into brothels, a situation she described as a danger to the well-being of young people in the communities.

Ms Mwanza urged residents to work in collaboration with the council in curbing illegalities in communities.

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