THREE employees of the Lusaka City Council (LCC), among them a woman, were on Wednesday caught red handed selling fuel belonging to the council to motorists in Kanyama Township.
Lusaka Deputy Mayor Portipher Tembo confirmed this yesterday saying about 500 liters of fuel was found at the scene while 900 liters were already sold.
He said this happened after the Lusaka Town Clerk Alex Mwansa together with some council police officers trailed one of the council trucks into Kanyama where the drivers started selling the fuel.
“For some time these people have been doing this until Wednesday when the Town Clerk together with council police trailed the suspects and caught them red handed selling the fuel in Kanyama. I want to say that this is disheartening because among the three drivers caught, one is actually female employee,” he said.
Mr. Tembo said it was such people who were tarnishing the image of the local authority to residents of Lusaka.
“Government is doing everything possible to ensure that we have a smooth running of operations of the council but others are stealing from within their system. This is very unfortunate because such actions paralyse council operations in so many ways and yet the public out their insult us every day because of a few bad elements doing wrong things,” he said.
The Deputy Mayor said investigations to establish the extent of the vice had commenced while the trio were in Police custody.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tembo has appealed to Lusaka residents to lead a decent life by patronizing bars at appropriate time.
He said the opening and closing time for bars should be adhered to by both the council and residents themselves.
“It won’t do for us to be everywhere all the time but I think that residents as well have a big role to play by helping to regulate some of these things. If they patronize bars as early as 06:00 hours and even alert bar owners of our presence each time we move in, I think it doesn’t help matters. Let them visit bars during regulated times and also inform the local authority of anything they feel bar owners are doing wrongly,” Mr Tembo said.
He congratulated council officers in Lusaka for being all over Chawama township this month to ensure that bar and tavern owners were adhering to laid down council rules.