Livingstone City Council earlier this week resumed work after three weeks of strike.Council spokes person Emmanuel Sikanyika said workers finally agreed to resume work after a directive from Southern Province Minister Elijah Muchima.
In addressing the workers, Mr. Muchima said he had found time to come and hear the problems and grievances of the workers despite the fact that he was supposed to have traveled to Lusaka for Parliament.
He told the workers that he was just a new Minister in the province but in the shortest time he had faced numerous challenges among them were the riots in Mazabuka in which where four people were killed and the strikes in Livingstone.
The Southern Province Minister admitted that he was greeted with confusion but that it did not bother him because a leader should face challenges so that he works on them.
He castigated the people who were behind the confusion and squabbles at the council over salaries and service delivery.
He said the people who suffered most were the residents of Livingstone because of the non-service delivery.[pullquote]One street vendor said that ever since the council workers went on strike last week, his business has improved and said she wish the council would be on strike for an even long time[/pullquote]
He also said there was need to leave politics aside so that real work was done and services are given to the people of Livingstone.
The Minister charged that there was poor management at the council thus it was important to get rid of an individual than let the majority suffer.He said if the Town Clerk was a problem, there was need to discipline her.
He said the mayor has appointed an acting Town Clerk Mr.Clement Chisanga who is the Director of Planning at the council.
A check yesterday at the Council offices found workers busy working in their respective offices.
And a worker who opted to have his name withheld said that the workers will go on a protest should they see Ms Dras Neves in the Council premises.
Livingstone City Council Workers have been on strike for the last three weeks demanding the removal of the Town Clerk Ms Dras Neves. Ms Neves was fired by the Mayor Aggrey Njekwa but later reinstated by Minister of Local government Brian Chituwo.At this the council workers vowed not to return to work but resume the strike till Ms Neves was removed.
The street vendors took advantage of the absence of council workers and started trading in the corridors as early as 12 hours.Normally street vendors start trading in the evening from 19 hours when council workers have knocked off.One street vendor said that ever since the council workers went on strike last week, his business has improved and said she wishes the council would be on strike for an even longer time, adding that selling vegetables is her only source of income.