Nchelenge District Council employees in Luapula Province have gone for eight months without pay.

And Nchelenge District Council management has promised to end the salaries drought at the Local Authority.

Zambia Local Authority Workers Union (ZULAWU) Nchelenge branch chairperson Tight Chilima confirmed the development in an interview with ZANIS this morning.

Mr Chilima said all workers on fixed and permanent conditions of service including Principal Officers at the council have not been paid their salaries since November last year.

He said efforts by the Union to engage the Council Management to look at the plight of the workers have always ended in futility and accused the Council Secretary (CS) Mwilu Lukwesa of being defiant and non committal.

And Mr Chilima said Mr Lukwesa was last Friday at pains to convince the angry employees who demanded for an audience with the management over the non payment of their salary arrears.

He said the CS stormed out of the meeting held at the council chamber in anger when workers rejected his explanation that the council was not able to pay its employees timely because of other service delivery demands and the small revenue base.

However, Mr Chilima said the management at the council later met the workers and promised them that they will soon be paid their salary arrears.

Meanwhile Mr Chilima said he is happy that the Council Management has pledged to enhance the pay roll management system and prioritise remuneration of workers.

Efforts to get comment from the Council Secretary Mwilu Lukwesa proved futile as he was reported to be away in Kasama.

ZANIS

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  1. Then you sing your lungs out against corruption. Where do u expect us to get money for soap to wash our cloths, toothpaste to brush our teeth, transport money to go for work, food to eat , rentals to pay for our houses and school fees for our children in this Eight months. Government has to play a role coz u definitely dont think we have been honest in this Eight months, Some of us have sold tires from government vehicles, others have given Green NRC to foreigners who gave us money for upkeep. Its very difficult to bribe a Swana policeman with money for coke coz of the obvious reasons

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  2. # 2The Legacy- MMD and Ben Yoram Mwila is the MP. There you are. Why is RB not openning his venom on this council?

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  3. # 2The Legacy- MMD and Ben Yoram Mwila is the MP. There you are. Why is RB not openning his venom on this council? LT why are the postings failing?

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  4. By the way, Sata after losing the 2006 election said that, come 90 days,he will run the councils efficiently,economically and effectively.

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  5. #3 DeepBlue.MMD says: Dont cheat the council is one of those not under PF in Luapula. The MP is Benjamin Yoram Mwila. 60% of the councillors, just like Chiengi, Mansa and Mambilima are MMD. Why do you tell lies wechikulu chonse.

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  6. i urge all the workers to start engaging in corruption especially that the abuse of office clause is being removed,VIVA RB

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  7. Nchelenge is MMD council and they always share the money with RB leaving workers with no salary. To RB this is fine and nothing can be done to find why the workers have gone for 8 months without pay unless it was a PF council.

    This is why we say RB is very useless president Zambia has ever produced. Dull creature in the brains but a professor in corruption. hehe

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  8. This shows you how these your heros you call politicians are selfish not even the opposition has voiced out on this one. PF are quite on this just like they are quite on Mushili. UPND where are you? as for MMD, let them just give way!

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  9. THIS IS ABUSE OF PEOPLE AND I THINK THIS IS A FORM OF SLAVERY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE WORKING WITH NO SALARY FOR ALMOST A YEAR. I THINK THESE WORKERS SHOULD SUE FOR COMPENSATION ITS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY GIVE THEM WHAT IS OWED WHEN THEY HAVE SUFFERED IN THESE 8 MONTHS

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  10. Start corrupting each other until no one can afford to be corrupt or be corrupted. That will be a good live experimental for RB’s wanting to remove corruption as a case in yo country!

    Old KK is in chiengi, hence you can tell him to release some of those stolen loot to pay you guys. Go have a demonstration outside his house and you will get paid. I remember kafupi was in town a few months ago “corrupting” ba shamfumu. MMD will come pay you before the election, and you gonna go 5 years without pay till the next election!!!

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