Hundreds of workers at the Metropolitan council of Lilongwe are set to down their tools this week in protest of return by former Chief Executive Officer Richard Hara, Nyasa Times has been informed.
Hara who was given a posting orders to head the Blantyre District Council returned to office in the capital after seeking a court relief.
But his return is set to open up a tear gas cannister in a sealed room as workers felt relieved when he was posted away.
“We have discussed with the Local Government ministry that this man is an embarrasment, doesnt know how to treat workers with dignity and has no plan to set good standards for the City,” said one employee.
The former city chief was appointed into the office from Mzuzu by former President Joyce Banda to replace what others describe as industrious and successful city chief ever, Kelvin Mmangisa who is now CEO for the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA).
Hara a Public Adminstration graduate from Chancellor College, has failed to spearhead the council into high performance by turning around the lives of city rates payers through good service delivery such as better roads and improved sanitation.
The hundreds of workers want government vacate what they call “silly injunction” which they alleged to have enabled him return into office and clean up shady deals in procurement of materials like celamic electricity poles and installations.
Meanwhile, the interviews for new Lilongwe City Chief Executive Officer are slated for next week. An advert was floated in the media last month, the shortlisting has been concluded and the interviews will take place on 22nd September, 2014.
These will be overseen by the Ministry of Local Government’s appointments board, LASCOM.