Mwense Council in need of more workers
Mwense district council has appealed to the ministry of local government to employ more council workers to enable the local authority run the local authority effectively.
Speaking when the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Housing in charge of administration Forrie Tembo visited the district, Council Chairman Willie Mumba said the council is facing a lot of challenges because of poor staffing levels.
Mr Mumba said shortage of man power has contributed to poor service delivery by the local authority in the district.
He named some of the departments with critical shortage of staff as works and development which only has a director of works and finance and the treasurer.
Others are administration, which has no committee clerks and the planning department which has no district planner and National Rural Water and Supply (NRWSS) focal point person.
Mr Mumba appealed to the minister to ensure that the vacancies are filled up if the local authority is to carry out its works diligently.
And in a related development, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has been called upon to harmonize salary scales and improve conditions of service for local government workers.
Mr Mumba said currently, council administration is facing a lot of challenges because salaries have not been reconciled.
He wondered why council secretaries in various parts of the country could have different salaries despite doing the same type of work.
Mr Mumba further said it is sad to note that some junior council workers get paid as low as K200, 000 while senior officers are getting huge allowances.