By Macdonald Thom:
Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has closed KFC Restaurant at City Mall due to what it says is failure by management to comply with Section 59 of the Public Health Act.
A letter from LCC Chief Executive Officer, John Chome, to KFC’ Craig Davis says inspectors on Tuesday discovered that the restaurant’s staff were emptying liquid waste from a septic tank serving the restaurant into an open storm-water drain along the M1 Road.
The letter is dated April 17 2019.
“Taking into consideration the nature of your business and, following the outbreak of cholera within the city, the council has decided to close the restaurant in accordance with Bylaw 23 of the Local Government (Food By-law) 2018,” reads the letter.
It says the restaurant should treat the storm-water drain where septic water was being discharged in the presence, and satisfaction, of council officials.
The letter also says all related structures of the septic tank outside the City Mall Plot and the M1 Road Reserve must be removed.
“Upon compliance with the above issues, you may wish to re-apply for the licences. In the meantime, you are not allowed to operate as a restaurant,” reads the letter which has been copied to City Mall Manager.
Davis said he could not comment on what happened.