Monday, May 20, 2024

Luapula water and sewerage strike enters 2nd day

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The strike action by unionised workers at the Luapula Water and Sewerage Company has continued.
The workers downed tools yesterday to protest over delayed three months salaries.

ZANIS reports from Mansa that Luapula water and sewerage company managing director Sebastian Chilekwa has confirmed that the workers have not been paid their salaries for three months.

Mr Chilekwa said the company was not collecting enough revenue to meet the wage bill.

He has since asked government to assist the company with a grant of K1.9million to clear the outstanding wage bill.

Mr Chilekwa said the company will in January next year begin a project sponsored by the Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA) costing up to 10 million United States dollars which will improve water reticulation and sanitation in the province .

The project will start with Mansa and Kawambwa districts by installing the required water infrastructure in the two districts.

He added that the BADEA project will improve water supply from the current 16 per cent to over 50 per cent which will also boost revenue collection.

And spokesperson for the workers who did not want to be named for fear of victimization disclosed to ZANIS in Mansa this morning that the company had not paid them for three months.

He said the workers were not protesting out of malice but wanted the company to pay them their dues and also consider expanding the customer base in order to increase on collections to meet the operational challenges of the company.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry Luapula water. you have lower income level becoz of low spending power of people of luapula. I am sure govt will bail out. especially after wining the mansa central constituency. Bwana MP that should be your first assignment.

  2. Sorry Luapula people must line up to Sata for payback or continue to exist as you have done before. Thought you have ganged up with ‘Donchi Kubeba’ concept.
    You voted only yesterday on that concept ‘mwilalila wangu’ no change will ever take place in Luapula, thats what Sata said even when Chiluba was with us. Stretch your memories, you were once called names by Sata, today is your hero.

    • @Quasquas. BUT HOW WAS FDD GOING TOP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IF THEIR CANDIDATE WAS VOTED? IN WORSE STILL UPND? THE POOR PEOPLE OF MANSA ARE AWARE OF THE PARTY THAT CAN BRING AT LEAST A CHANGE IN THEIR WATER RETICULATION. THE PARTY IN POWER. AND NOT A SMALL REGIONAL, TRIBAL GATHERING IN THE OPPOSITION WHOSE ONLY DESIRE IS TO GET INTO STATE HOUSE..

  3. I THOUGHT THIS COMPANY NEVER EXISTED. BECAUSE MY PARENTS HEVE LIVED IN A LOW DENSITY AREA OF MANSA FOR OVER 20 YEARS WITH NO SINGLE DROP OF WATER ON THE TAP.

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