Zomba City Council staff strike to demand transfer of CEO Thombozi

Workers  at Zomba City Council on Monday started a sit-in strike  forcing authorities to address their concerns and immediate removal of their Chief Executive Officer  (CEO) Charles Thombozi accusing him of incompetence.

Striking staff blocked the main entrance of civic offices.-Photo by Synd Kalimbuka, Nyasa Times

Essential services such as city clinic, collection of wastes and collection of revenue have been affected.

The striking staffclosed the main entrance to the civic offices near the gates of  Zomba State House  with tree branches while others used fire brigade vehicle chanting song of a chief achoke.

According to Workers Union President for the city Patrick Manyalo, members of staff are boycotting work because of number of issues including demanding transfer of Thombozi.

Manyalo said Thombozi has been failing to address several issues workers complained before including increment and  pension arrears.

He added that the CEO most of the times does not report for work despite having a lot of benefits.

“Members of staff are tired of his misconduct especially he rarely reports for duties where other things at the council are not properly managed”, said Manyalo.

The angry staff members also demanding risk allowances due to Covid-19 pandemic and Personal Protective Equipments on Coronavirus issues.

Manyalo earlier told  Nyasa Times that the striking staff started engaging authorities on some of the  issues but non of them have been addressed.

“We met management in March and April this year reminding on the same and we warned them that if fails we will hold the sit in from 4th May but did not respond,” he added.

Meanwhile, Zomba City Council spokesperson Mercy Chaluma said the council received the letter in which they indicated to hold a si- in but the staff proceeded with it before a  response.

Chaluma further said authorities will meet the striking staff Tuesday to discuss on the matter.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 years ago

thombozis the mpinganjila family.
whatelse can we expect. kumangotsonezana mmaudindo osagwilapo ncito.


2 years ago

Nankhumwa summarily refused to renew the contract of my friend and decided to bring his useless homeboy. Now he is in a fix. Easy come, easy go.

Chakwera Vs Chilima
2 years ago

All these strikes?? Mr president after elections let whosoever strike, eat those strikes. We can’t go anywhere as a country like this. Surely.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 years ago

koma nde thasifa cikuwaphulikile ena .
plesdent akudikila PAC kuti akaletsetse

Bakili Arthur Mutharika
Bakili Arthur Mutharika
2 years ago

I know that many people will dismiss this, but this is a Lomwe and Yao alliance that depends on the fecundity of these tribes, that is why you have seen girls as you as 13 being told to go and register. This is pure evil.

Corona Virus
Corona Virus
2 years ago

Not Nyau and Bibida Coalition

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