Direct employees of the Mzuzu City Council (MCC) on Monday shutdown offices of their employer in a bid to force the powers-that-be to hasten the process of having their arrears paid.
MCC, so Nyasa Times has learnt, is owing some of its direct employees arrears amounting to about K110 million; and, two weeks ago, sherrifs impounded some of the Council’s vehicles because of the same.
The development comes head on the heels of piling rubbish in the city that left it stinking due to failure by MCC to have it collected.
And, on Monday the employees claimed the Council was deliberately not honouring their arrears arguing their is immeasurable corruption going on amongst MCC’s senior staff, especially those in the physical planning department.
According to some of the employees who spoke to Nyasa Times, most of the officers are busy enriching the themselves by selling council land to business people dubiously.
“We will not allow the concerned officers to perform their duties again in the city. If the land was sold legally, MCC would have used the money to pay their salaries.
“The council is failing to pay us because of such people. The council is in a deep financial crisis. However, we were shocked to learn that the physical planning officers are selling the council land own their own.
“We therefore agreed to demolish some of the structures constructed on the land sold by the officers and seal their offices,” one of the employees who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
And, while confirming the development, MCC publicist, McDonald Gondwe, said the Council was investigating the matter.
“Yes it’s true, I am told the angry employees have sealed off offices and demolished a structure that is alleged to have been constructed on land belonging to Council.
“This plot, according to them, is further alleged that some officials sold it to a private investor without following the rightful procedures hence the anger. But as management we are going to meet and look at the matter with a critical mind,” said Gondwe.
Gondwe however said the council has put measures to boost the city’s financial muscle.
“I can also confirm that there is a special taskforce on revenue enhancement and this taskforce is mandated to find short term strategies that can help enhance revenue to boost the Council’s finances. It is this committee which has been handling most of our issues,” said Gondwe.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :