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Seven in trouble for breaking Presidential directive

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Vigilant police details in Chipata have arrested seven people for going against the Presidential directive of closing bars and drinking spots as part of the preventive measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The suspects who were quite aware of the presidential pronouncement confined themselves in one of the bars at Chipata’s Devil Street during the night yesterday where they were selling and drinking beer.

According to Provincial police Commissioner Luckson Sakala all the suspects were detained last night and have spent the night in police cells helping the law enforcement agency with investigations.

Sakala said the suspects, which include bar owners and patrons will appear in court soon where they are likely going to be charged with misconduct, an act which has a potential to cause breach of peace.

He emphasised that police will not hesitate to accordingly deal with anyone who will go against the Presidential directive.

While addressing the nation on the pandemic, President Edgar Lungu recently ordered the closure of gyms, bars, casinos, nightclubs, with restaurants having to operate on delivery and take-away basis only.

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