Lusaka Council Busts Chinese Sex Den

tumfweko photoLusaka City Council health inspectors on Thursday stormed Thabc Guesthouse for allegedly operating as a brothel.

And the council says it will shut down the Chinese-run guesthouse for operating as a brothel.
Thabc Guesthouse, situated in the central business area, has also been operating under the brand name Mama’s Chicken Restaurant.

A team of council public health officials, in the company of council police commandant Paul Chipulu, stormed the premises on Thursday to check on operations at the guesthouse following a tip-off.

The guesthouse consists of 10 rooms and is run by Che Zhong Mey.

The premises operates with valid council certificates of a guesthouse, but without a health permit.

Chipulu and his team went round the premises, knocking on doors, and in the process disturbing some clients.

Some of the clients refused to open their doors upon hearing that council officials had stormed the guesthouse.

Following persistent knocks on Room 9, a man opened to attend to the officials.

“Nabwela kuno na girlfriend wanga elo nalipila che 70 pin. Nalipila short time, three hours chabe, elo tikalibe kuciliza (I came here with my girlfriend, I paid K70 to use the room for three hours, and we haven’t even enjoyed ourselves),” he told the officials.

And another visibly shaken and stammering man from Room 5, who was trying to dispose of used condoms he held in his hand, informed the officials that he was not given a receipt after paying K80 to use the room for about four hours with his partner.

“Our details were not recorded anywhere, we just paid and we were ushered to this room. Our business is done and now we want to go,” he said.

Meanwhile, some couples who were found waiting for occupied rooms to be vacated, abandoned the premises after discovering that the public health and council officials wanted to inspect the premises.

Some workers who were also found at the restaurant and guesthouse also fled, fearing arrest by the officials.

However, one of the employees said rooms were rented out to individuals for up to K80 per three hours and K120 a night.

“We do not offer long-term accommodation here. Our accommodation is on short-term basis – that is per three hours – and now prices for our rooms have been increased from K60 to K70 and K80 depending on the quality of the room,” the worker, who sought anonymity, said.
“If they want to spend a night here, they have to book the rooms around 17:00 hours to 18:00 hours at K120 and there are rooms with double beds.”

A shocked Chipulu and the inspectors expressed displeasure at the unhygienic conditions of the guesthouse.

Chipula said the local authority would not tolerate guesthouses that were putting the lives of many people at risk of contracting diseases.

“Look at this bathtub, look at showers and the toilets, they are just too dirty and one cannot believe that they are being used by human beings. We can also confirm that this is truly a brothel because the customers themselves have confirmed their activities to us,” said Chipulu.

And Mey, who was ordered to meet the officials at the civic centre, pleaded with them not to close the guesthouse, and promised to improve the sanitary conditions.

“Please madam, give me second chance. I do not know that guesthouse is brothel. I didn’t know that,” said Mey.

And Mulunda said brothels were illegal in Zambia, adding that the local authority would soon surrender the matter to the courts of law for Mey to defend himself.

“We have started the documentation process and we will be writing to the owner of the guesthouse on the charge we have levelled against him and the matter will have to go to court especially that there is the operation of a brothel which is illegal,” he said.

He added that the local authority had obtained enough evidence from customers that were using the rooms.

“For us we know that the man was operating a brothel though he is trying to deny this because a lodge to us must be a decent place where people can go to sleep and spend some time without anyone counting hours for you,” said Mulunda. “Anything operating below lodge standards is a brothel and those are things we are contending with, and he is arguing. We will know how to deal with him, and with evidence overwhelming, we are just taking the matter to court.”

26 Responses to "Lusaka Council Busts Chinese Sex Den"

  1. 123   September 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    kapokola wanye chisushi..awe nshinyele… isa nkununshe pamatako.. awe ninya…jst singing

    • zemuntu   September 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      kikikikikikikikiki walifulungana sana

    • zemuntu   September 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      kikikikikikikikiki walifulungana sana iwe

  2. palupanda   September 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    But Chinise guys awe.

  3. IF NOT   September 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    ba choncholi this is a christian nation lekeni amalabishi. we say no to brothels in zambia

  4. mamasm   September 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    what about emasdel ????? those lodges along Lumumba road

  5. JOHN MAZYU   September 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Emotuposela amenshi •Allow me to use yo house Mulunda

    • JOHN MAZYU   September 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      U also visit Katete ,Bulawayo,Kapoche in Chawama •U will tell me•

  6. Laso   September 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Pa zed yalikosa….

  7. kweshako   September 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    be fair ba health,just because mu choncholi,visit other zambian guesthouses to see if they meet those standards you require.kale fyayamba.just take yo precious time to visit the places JOHN MAZYU has just racism.BE FAIR.

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  9. tutu   September 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    chawama abalumendo balebofya ifipapa(condoms)…atase wekamuchonchili iwe,ulechaya amakwebo yamusango uyo,fwebene bachalo twalachaya yesa? ngamwalikaponona,umunandi alechita pamasambililo ku china,balabakanya ukutomba utumahule twabo…

  10. pablo   September 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Nali tombelamo saana muli aka kantu but inshaishibe ati nika brothel teee!! I was thinking its wanof those hit & run spots waumfwa teee!! ni zee teeee!!! Kali kwata na mimba this time as a result teeeee!!!!

  11. Nizee   September 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    that was just one of 10’s of 1000’s across the nation.. the whole place is a big pickup bar!!

  12. Chief Of Grief   September 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Imwe leave our brothels.Just legalise ubuhule chapwa!!Think of it as a way of ukupoka tax & bsesides,its a lucrative beeneeeeh nga’tamwaishiba.Nshakaleke amahule anytime soon elo yonsefye weekendi nalelalafye munsele ishapusana(3) to be specific.

  13. Judge Joe Bidden   September 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    My Judgement:
    Ubupuba ba Chipulu! That lodge is operating within its licence and the law as a lodge, seex can happen anytime day or night, what if that particular day of ‘raid’ all patrons paid for the night? Is it still a brothel?, unless you base your argument on sanitation (Cleanliness), then charge the Chinese by citing bye-laws they contravened in regard to public health.

    Case closed.

  14. Infamous   September 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    they should bust the Brazillian, Russian, and Asian Elite brothels too!!

  15. Bizzy baila international   September 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Iyo kwena

  16. Bana Fimo Fimo   September 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    kuti wapapa.But honestly there are a lot of unhygienic so called guest houses.Let the council do an inspection country wide.

  17. CHIZ~MAN   September 23, 2014 at 12:28 am


  18. moses bwalya   September 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Here in l/stone come pa road side

  19. Jumbo   September 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I thought brothels are houses that keep prostitutes and are visited by men. If it goes to court it will be dismissed wasting tax payers money. 90% of guest houses in Lusaka have dirty toilets and bath tubs. 70% of Lusaka so called Hotels are just as bad.

  20. pompolyongo   September 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    please check the guest houses behind devil street

  21. Rupia Nkongole   September 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    A brothel is were prostituties leave and work as sex workers.A guest House is were couples go and have sex.

  22. Musonda Mutale   September 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    That is not a brothel. In a brothel, there are prostitutes to choose from. If people are going there to do thinngs it is not a brothel!
    Christian nation? What nonsense mwebacende mwe!

  23. Chanda Chimbwi 99   September 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Ha what an appropriate name for a brothel “Mama’s Chicken Restaurant”!