ZEMA Secures Conviction Of Sabstic Industry Over Environmental Pollution

The Zambia Environmental Management Agency has shown some bite by securing a conviction of Sabstic Industries for discharging a pollutant into the environment without an emission licence.

ZEMA has extended the conviction to Sabstic Director Hassan Sabra who has also been found liable.

Below is the full statement from ZEMA:



For Immediate Release


Sabstic Industries Company has been convicted by the Lusaka Magistrate Court for failure to comply with a Compliance Order and discharging a pollutant into the environment without an Emission Licence. The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) prosecuted Sabstic Industries and its Director, Hassan Sabra in accordance with the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 12 of 2011 and Environmental Management (Licensing) Regulations Statutory Instrument No. 112 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia.

Facts presented before the Court were that between the 1st day of February, 2017 and 10th day of February, 2017 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, Sabstic Industries and its Director, Hassan Sabra failed to comply with the requirements of a Compliance Order issued by ZEMA on 1st February, 2017, whose compliance date was with immediate effect. They also emitted or discharged a pollutant or contaminant into the environment without an Emission Licence from ZEMA.

The facts were confirmed to be correct by the Accused upon which the Court convicted the Accused accordingly. The matter comes up for sentencing before Hon. David Simusamba on 7th March, 2017 at 09:00hrs.

ZEMA takes this opportunity to remind all facilities to obtain necessary Licences from the Agency as stipulated by the environmental law and other relevant laws. It is also important for industries to uphold environmentally friendly practices.

Issued by:

Irene G. Lungu-Chipili

Manager- Corporate Affairs

Zambia Environmental Management Agency


Phone: 254023/59/ 0977-744299


  1. Louise Halwi

    Good move ZEMA. But there are a number of culprits out there. You need to intensify your works. Don’t just do it in rainy season,just one move and you are over the media. Work in all parts of the country!

  2. Muzo

    Good work ZEMA try to also visit Chibuku Brewers they emit an lawful discharge to much without caring. Eg smoke, vimaunga unga and rotten beers. I av seen that with my naked eyes and I wonder if they pay you for doing so. Limbi mumadyamo iyapambali

  3. reuben bwalya

    pliz oso insure that workers interest is oso safeguarded coz this pipo after sorting out wt u zema they may leave without trace hence leaving our brothers and sisters and papas and mams measarable.


    I think government should look upon employing a lot of environmentalist this way zema may be found in each province because zema is a small organisation

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