Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe has directed all local authorities in the region to ensure there is no sell of illicit local brew commonly known as kachasu by intensifying its patrols in communities.
Mr Nundwe said despite the upward surge of COVID 19 cases in the province, people were still gathering to drink the illicit beer which potentially contribute to the spreading of the pandemic.
Mr. Nundwe has since advised the councils to ensure that people adhere to the measures put in place by government especially avoiding crowded places, masking up and washing and sanitizing of hands among others.
“I am advising the local authorities across the province to ensure that there are no shabbins operating anywhere on the Copperbelt province because government has not allowed any bar or shabbins to start operating,” Mr. Nundwe said.
He observed that once people are drunk there is little care on how they behave hence the need for the local authorities to intensify patrols to stop the illicit beer drinking which is reportedly rampant in communities.
“Covid -19 is deadly and government has not yet sanctioned operations of any bar or shabbins, so everyone need to observe the preventive measures,” Mr Nundwe said..
Since the outbreak of Covid19 in March this year, shabbins in compounds have mashroomed in Chipulukusu, Twapia and Senior compounds among others.
Copperbelt Province has 1, 684 confirmed Corona virus positive cases including 400 asymptomatic cases with 14 deaths.