THE FIFA World Cup live television coverage has landed nine bar owners of Lusaka in police detention for operating their premises beyond the stipulated time.
Lusaka City Council acting public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzu said in an interview that bar owners were taking advantage of the World Cup matches to keep operating after the legal closing time of 22:00 hours.
Some matches of the on-going tournament in Brazil end around 23:00 hours and others at about 02:00 hours.
“LCC in partnership with the Zambia Police conducted an operation where nine bar owners were picked up for non-compliance with the law. They are taking advantage of the games to close their bars beyond 22:00 hours,” he said.
Mr Habeenzu said the operation covered Kamwala and Kabwata townships.
He named some of the bar owners that were picked up as Matilda of Zacks Corner Bar, Naomi Sakala of East Gate in Kamwala, Chimuka Hechumba of Royal Splash and KCC in Kabwata.
He said the nine will be prosecuted and their licenses will be revoked.
Mr Habeenzu said the operation will continue.
He advised bar owners who wish to operate beyond the stipulated time to get permission from the council as there is a provision that allows them to do so.