Nchelenge business houses warned

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Nchelenge business houses warned

Nchelenge, May 7, ZANIS ——- The Nchelenge District Council has warned of stern action on any business house in the area that will be found flouting Laws guiding their operations.

Nchelenge District Council Secretary Mabvuto Masiye says the local authority is worried at the high number of entrepreneurs flouting laws such as the Food and Drug Act.

Speaking to the Zambia News and Information Services in an interview today, Mr Masiye explained that last week his office led a combined team of officers from Ministry of Health and the Zambia Police to inspect business houses in the district under the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Legal enforcement programme.  

He said a total of 19 business houses were found wanting, while various foodstuffs and beverages were confiscated during the operation.

Mr Masiye said among the items seized included the banned Tujili jili alcohol sachets, expired lagers, expired ciders , expired foodstuff and expired soft drinks.

Other items seized were beverages labeled in foreign languages and lagers packed in plastic containers. 

He said the team also discovered that there are a high number of business houses selling prescription drugs without being registered which is contrary to section 14 of the Pharmaceutical Act.

The Council Secretary has since warned the business to refrain from indulging in illegal activities or risk being prosecuted.

Mr Masiye said the council plans to step up regular inspections of all business houses to ensure that sanity is brought back to the district among the business community.

He warned entrepreneur seling the banned Tujili Jili sachets to desist from doing so immediately because once caught they will be taken to the courts of law for prosecution.

Mr Masiye said the 19 members of the business community who were found wanting during the operation have been summoned to appear at the Council this Thursday.

He explained all the 19 will be fined accordingly under the  Provisions of the Local Authority while those who will deny the charges levelled against them will be taken to the Nchelenge Magistrates Court for Prosecution.