MZ City Council sit-in persists under new management

Mzuzu City Council

It never rains but pours for Mzuzu City Council (MCC) management following a new sit in by the Council’s workers who are demanding for their three months unpaid salaries.

After a wave of unpaid salary sit-ins since last year, there was hope that things would change for the better at MCC following transfer of the then Chief Executive Officer (CEO), McCloud Kadammanja and dismissal of Finance Director and Procurement Officer deemed to be at the centre of mismanagement of funds.

However, on Monday MCC workers downED their tools and verbally attacked the new management after it failed to honour its commitment to start paying three months’ salary arrears last week.

MCC workers seal the entrance. Photos by  Gracian Jeke - Mana

MCC Workers Union president, Taipeni Kamanga described the management as disrespectful.

“We had a meeting with management last week where it agreed to pay junior workers while waiting for other funds to pay the remaining workers. 

"But since last week Wednesday, nobody has received salary which means management is disrespectful and doesn’t care about workers who are suffering,” he claimed.

Kamanga said the workers would end the sit-in when all the arrears are paid and all directors are removed from the Council.

MCC Spokesperson, Macdonald Gondwe said the issue would be handled administratively.

"When management meets, that’s when possibly, we can provide an official position of the Council,” he said.

Gondwe said the sit-in would paralyse operations of the Council in terms of waste management and revenue collection and other services people of Mzuzu City would need from the council.

He said the K180 million loan the Council applied from First Discount Bank (FDH) meant to cater for the workers grievances was approved and is yet to be in the council’s coffers.