By KALOBWE BWALYA
ABOUT 11 makeshift stalls along Muzilikazi Road near Medicals Stores have been demolished by a combined team of Lusaka City Council and State Police in early hours of yesterday.
LCC public relations manager, George Sichimba said the stalls were demolished because they were built on top of sewer and drainage lines which service Medical Stores premises in the heavy industrial area in Buseko.
Mr Sichimba said owners of the affected stores also used to stock wood, grass and other forest products in the makeshift stalls erected close to the perimeter wall of Medical Stores.
Mr Sichimba noted that the products were a potential source of fire and posed a danger to the safety of medical stocks for the entire country.
He said Medical Stores Limited which had expanded the storage facilities by constructing a new state-of-the art warehouse, should be protected at all costs.
He noted that some of the materials used in the construction were sensitive to fire, and there was need therefore to take precautions.
“The operation will also be extended to containers that have illegally been placed close to the wall fence and owners of containers have been asked to move them by close of business today and should they fail council will help them at a fee,” said Mr Sichimba.
And Mr Sichimba said the decision to demolish the structures was taken after traders failed to comply with enforcement notices issued to them on several occasions.
He said council and State police would remain at the site for the next three days to allow Medical Stores to fence off the problematic area.
“LCC is appealing to traders to cooperate with the team on the ground because the work they are doing is for the public good.”