LCC shuts 46 boarding houses

By Staff Reporter

Lusaka City Council (LCC) has closed 46 boarding houses around the city for operating illegally and in poor sanitary conditions.

LCC Public Health Inspectors have embarked on inspection of boarding houses in different parts of Lusaka to check on conditions in which they are operating.

Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba disclosed that the inspections have revealed that most boarding facilities that house students from various learning institutions do not have relevant documents needed to operate.

Sichimba said at the time of inspections, most houses were also in poor sanitary conditions and some of them had dilapidated sanitary facilities.

He said the documents include Health Permits, Business Permits, Fire Certificates and evidence of subscription to waste management systems.

“According to Statutory Instrument No. 12 of 2018 (Street Vending and nuisances), Local Government (Solid Waste Management) Regulation 100 of 2011 and the Public Health Act CAP 295 of the Laws of Zambia, it is an offence to operate a boarding house without the above stated documents,” he said.

Sichimba stated that the local authority has embarked on this exercise not to punish students but to protect them from contracting air and water borne diseases.

“Due to high demand for bed spaces by students from higher learning institutions, some unscrupulous people are converting their properties into boarding houses and renting them out to unsuspecting students without following procedure,” he said.

Sichimba further urged the owners of the boarding houses to obtain the necessary documentation from the Council and maintain hygiene standards failure to which they risked being prosecuted.

 

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