Luanshya Municipal Council says it will embark on closing down shops in the Central Business District and part of the second class trading areas for non-compliance to sanitary standards.
Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda said the move is meant to enforce the Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy campaign.
He said shop owners who have not adhered to the local authority’s call to paint and clean their business premises risk their shops being closed.
Mr. Chanda stated that it was unfortunate that some shop owners had chosen to ignore the council’s directives even after being given an extensive period to adhere to the task.
The Mayor stated that painting the buildings and maintaining them well is part of keeping the town clean and attractive to investors.
He said the municipality will carry out inspections of all business premises to ensure compliance.
Mr. Chanda has since called on those that have not painted their structures to do so with immediate effect or face punitive measures.
The Mayor has however thanked shop owners and business houses that have painted and cleaned their structures.
He noted that keeping surroundings clean encourages a proactive approach towards President Edgar Lungu’s re-launch of the Make Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy Campaign in April, 2018.
Mr. Chanda implored traders and all residents to develop a sense of ownership towards having a clean town and supplement the local authority and government’s efforts to keep the district clean.
He also encouraged all residents to participate in the district clean up exercise every last Saturday of the month.