By Bennie Mundando
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has threatened to close down Shalom Embassy Northmead branch for, among other things, operating without public health COVID-19 certification from the local authority.
In a letter dated August 7, 2020, addressed to the church by LCC acting Director of Public Health Edgar Mulwanda, this follows an inspection conducted on the premises on August 2, 2020 by a team of Public Health Inspectors to ascertain compliance with the minimum public health standards.
Mr. Mulwanda says it was discovered that the premises was operating without public health COVID-19 certification from the local authority and that the church members were not found with face masks at the time of inspection.
He also says there was inadequate hand wash and sanitising facilities as well as the presence of children in the church and that loud music system and singing causing a nuisance to the public.
“Be informed that the above mentioned findings contravene the provisions of Statutory Instrument No. 22 of 2020, the Public Health Act Cap 295, and the Local Government Act No. 2 of 2019 of the Laws of Zambia.
“You are therefore required to show cause why the Council should not take legal action against you,” reads the letter in part.