The Lusaka City Council has with effect from 7th January 2019 terminated the Agreement it signed with Parkrite Zambia.
Parkrite will however continue operations for the next three months until 7th April, 2019 within which they are expected to wind up their activities and handover the parking site back to the Council.
This is in accordance with clause 3 of the provisional termination breach of clauses of the Agreement however and the matter is currently in court.
The Lusaka City Council and Parkrite signed the Memorandum of Understanding on 12th October, 2016 to help manage parking space in the Central Business District.
In a related development, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency has withdrawn the case in which they had sued the council for failure to supply with site restoration orders issued on 1st August 2018 Pursuant to section 60 of the environmental management Act number 12 of 2011.
The Lusaka City Council was ordered to remove waste in units of Garden, Kanyama and Misisi townships and the Town Centre and restore the sites to conditions satisfactory to ZEMA.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka City Council has ordered for the closure of ChambaValley Primary School in Lusakafor contravening the provisions of the Public Health Act Cap 295 of the Laws of Zambia, Local Government (Solid Waste Management) regulations of 2011 and Statutory Instrument (SI) number 12 of 2018 of the Local Government Act number 281 on Street vending and nuisances.
Council Acting Public Relations Manager Brenda Katongola said year inspection of the premises was conducted by the Public Health inspectors from the CCA on 15th January, 2019 to ascertain the prevailing health conditions at the school and discovered that the school was operating under unsanitary conditions.
Ms. Katongola said there was open defection around the school premises, there was no access to sanitary facilities for pupils as the toilets were closed at the time of inspection and there was no running water.
She said other findings were that non-subscription to waste management, dirty sanitary facilities for staff both male and female, no provision of waste receptacles in classrooms, poor vegetation control, improper waste management and no provision of hand wash facilities.
Ms. Katongola said the school has been ordered to close until remedial measures are put in place and a re-inspection of the premises is conducted in accordance with the given instructions.
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