Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Permanent Secretary Dr. Sam Mundia has reassured Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia workers that government will inform them of what it has done in order to address the problem of salaries and other issues affecting the workers at the plant.
And Dr Mundia has reiterated that government will not liquidate the company but will instead release K58.3 billion for recapitalization.
He explained that all the documents pertaining to the release of the money are in the hands of government.
Dr Mundia said this when he addressed scores of NCZ workers in Kafue today, who have not been paid thgeir salaries for the past four months.
He said that NCZ since1998, has never been audited and that this is one of the problems, which made government to fail to release the money to the company.
He disclosed that auditing of the books of accounts at the company is almost through and money for recapitalization will be released soon.
Dr Mundia advised workers not to lose focus by becoming unruly since government will release money for their four months salary arrears.
He said the ministry of agriculture is aware of what workers are going through including the death of some workers occurring in the company due to depression.
Dr Mundia stated that government will continue supporting NCZ because of the high demand for fertilizer on the international market, and will ensure that some progressive measures are taken to avoid mismanagement of funds.
He also dispelled allegations that he was one of the shareholders of Nyiombo Investments saying all what government was trying to do is breach the gap between Nyiombo and NCZ through the fertilizer support programme.
The permanent secretary commended the workers for their patience by waiting for government to address them.
But earlier, some workers put stones and logs of trees on the road that leads to Kafue Estates’ civic centre following information that government officials from Lusaka will not come and address them.
Other workers also attempted to block the Lusaka-Kafue road but quick action by Kafue police stopped them from doing so.
Police officers were planted all over the town so as to avert and quench out any unruly behaviour by the workers.