File:Zambia Army Eastern Regional Commander, Colonel John Ngandwe and Chipata City Council Town Clerk, Vivian Chikoti, share a light moment, during the cleaning exercise

Chipata Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti has been suspended for failure to secure land for a dumpsite and a graveyard.

Ms. Chikoti protested the decision by the Chipata City Mayor, Sinoya Mwale and the councilors to suspend her by stating that, the right procedure has not been followed.

During a full council chamber meeting held today, the councilors reached a resolution to suspend Ms. Chikoti to send a signal to the directors at Chipata City Council for failure to carry out the directive.

And Kapata Ward Councilor, Naphtali Banda said the people of Chipata voted for the councilors to ensure that their welfare is taken care of.

He said a graveyard is needed because the people of Chipata currently do not have a place they can put their deceased loved ones.

Meanwhile, Dilika Ward Councilor, William Phiri has condemned Sable Contractors for failure to effectively carry out road works in Chipata district.

Mr Phiri wondered how a contractor that has failed to construct a single road since 2013 has continued to be awarded contracts.

He said the contract with Sable should be terminated because the company has failed to execute the work.

And before walking out of the meeting, Ms Chikoti said a letter must be written outlining her suspension through the office of the Mayor to the Chairperson at the Ministry of Local Government.

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16 COMMENTS

    • She looks genuine to be suspended. However, these are a good cases we should be reading. Not fi Chitotela cases who manage to secure land for themselves.

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  1. “Chipata Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti has been suspended for failure to secure land for a dumpsite and a graveyard.

    Ms. Chikoti protested the decision by the Chipata City Mayor, Sinoya Mwale and the councilors to suspend her by stating that, the right procedure has not been followed.”

    Well done Chipata mayor and councilors. Next the president and PF central committee should suspend PF secretary general Davis Mwila.

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  2. Jay Jay @ 1.

    “Meanwhile, Dilika Ward Councilor, William Phiri has condemned Sable Contractors for failure to effectively carry out road works in Chipata district.
    Mr Phiri wondered how a contractor that has failed to construct a single road since 2013 has continued to be awarded contracts.
    He said the contract with Sable should be terminated because the company has failed to execute the work.”

    ACC should investigate Sable and all who have awarded them contracts, in the RDA and ministry of works.

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    • Sable has been in Chipata for over 20 years and at one time people wrongly associated Panji Kaunda with it.

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  3. Bwana forget about sable being investigated for corruption. They are well connected. They are untouchable right now

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    • Their time will come. They will meet a new and vibrant Zambian disposition. For an old company, they are useless, them being a wholly Zambian owned entity makes it even worse. The Chinese at the least finish their projects, even when the break up in the near future kikikikikiki. Fear no one, sue these clowns too. By well connected you mean RB don’t you? If we defeated the British, these are Zambians, they too need to heed to the Zambian populace.

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    • Even if their time will come…not a single cent will be recovered from the selfish thieves

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  4. She deserves firing. Please check plot number 5617 magwero road. She can’t handle straight forward issues

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  5. That is what we are talking about…..suspend and sack them for dereliction of duty….lungu can learn something here….suspend who ever is incharge of not getting garbage cleared..

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    • Spaka here I agree with you. This is how we as Zambians should agree and work. Don’t blindly support political parties and their stooges. PF, UPND, MMD or FDD. They are all the people’s workers and not the other way around.

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  6. she was just idol by and enjoying tax payer’s money, its a good move here in Chipata we need new development and planing, but she has failed us in coners.

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  7. Wait a minute! who is more superior between an elected mayor who is also CEO of the town and the Town Clerk? By walking out of a full council meeting,is that not insubordination of the highest order by the Town Clerk? This is what happens when positions are acquired by rubbing shoulders with the ‘powers’…ulemu umatha.

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  8. #8 Sharp Shooter….. just wondering whether that is insubordination in the legal sense. After they suspended her, could she really continue sitting in that meeting? Conversely, when she is serving her suspension can she walk in to attend the next meeting?

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  9. Procedure must be followed. We are not told why she had not implemented the resolution. There must be a reason and was she given a deadline. Was the land under City council or ministry of lands and is Chipata a land agency that things can happen so quickly. All these facts need 2 be availed else I say there is no reason 4 a suspension. Which schedule of offence did they follow and do they have authority in the code to suspend her or its the Commission. Lets do the right things else these can wakeup and haunt the Councillors as well. Let’s not just celebrate

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