The Chipata Municipal Council in Eastern Province yesterday closed Zain Centre offices for about five hours for contravening the Environment Protection and Pollution Control Act.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, acting Chipata Town Clerk, Andrew Zulu, said that the Zain centre had breached the law by disposing of refuse within their premises, and practiced open air burning of refuse, which was against the Local Government Act Cap 281.
Mr Zulu said that the office had also breached the law by obstructing an authorized public health officer by not being co-operative to him during his duty.
He said that his office would ensure that the centre puts up necessary disposal facility and clean the refuse and ash from the burning point.
“As the council, we moved in this morning to close the offices because the mobile phone service provider has breached the law which is under the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Act and the Local Government Act Cap 281,” Mr Zulu said.
The acting Town Clerk stated that the office has also paid a penalty fee of K450,000 for doing what may be dangerous and offensive to human life.
Mr Zulu has since urged officers at Zain offices to always co-operate with public health officers to allow them be educated on health matters as it was the primary area of their service delivery.
The mobile phone service privider has been given 14 days to put things in order, failure to which it would attract legal proceedings.
And Mr Zulu has since urged residents in the district to ensure that they put up disposal facilities and clean the refuse to keep chipata clean.
Efforts to get a comment from Zain management proved futile.