Solwezi Municipal Council has served 14 bars and taverns with warning notices for non-compliance to the stipulated opening and closing times.

 

Council Assistant Public Relations Manager, Esther Chirwa said the local authority is concerned with the non-compliance of some night clubs with council regulations such as playing music to levels where it becomes a nuisance to the general public.

 

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Solwezi today, Ms Chirwa said the council is working vigilantly to ensure sanity is brought to the district by intensifying the monitoring of opening and closing of bars alongside the playing of loud music.

 

“The health inspectors and council police officers are in the field everyday monitoring compliance of such facilities,” she said.

 

Ms. Chirwa has since appealed to bar owners to adhere to the stipulated times of closing and opening and the playing of loud music.

 

She said the local authority will take serious actions in accordance with statutory instrument No. 12 2018, where loud music from bars and taverns that exceeds the permitted levels attracts a fee unit of 2,500 an equivalent of K750.

 

Ms. Chirwa has further warned bars and tavern owners to comply with the liquor licensing Act No. 20 of 2011 to which if one commits an offence is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand penalty units which is K60, 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

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