Govt. disburses KR54 million for council workers’ salaries

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Govt. disburses KR54 million for council workers’ salaries

Lusaka, June 19, ZANIS—Government has released KR54 million to local authorities in order for them to pay officers in Divisions I, II and III salaries for April and May 2013.

Ministry of Local and Government Housing (MLGH) Acting Permanent Secretary Muhau Wina has disclosed this to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

Mr. Wina explained that government initially released KR42 million and later KR 12 million bringing the total to KR 54 million as financial support to local authorities to pay salaries to officers in Division I, II and III for April and May 2013.

He explained that the Ministry this month disbursed KR 42 million salary grants to councils excluding Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Livingstone, Chingola, Mufulira, Chililabombwe, Luanshya, Kalulushi and Kabwe which were funded from the KR 12 million.

He pointed out that some seven newly created councils that were given a startup operational grant of KR 400, 000.00 each in December 2012 for salaries and other recurrent operational expenses will be funded during the June 2013 disbursement.

The seven (7) newly created councils are Zimba and Pemba in Southern Province, Rufunsa and Shibuyunji in Lusaka Province and Chembe, Chipili and Mwansabombwe of Luapula Province respectively.

And Mr. Wina has warned that his ministry will not condone any acts of illegal strikes from workers.

He said his ministry will take stern disciplinary action against workers who will be involved in any illegal industrial unrest for nonpayment of salaries.

He reiterated that there was no need for council workers either individually or severally to threaten to go on strike due to non-payment of salaries for the April and May 2013.

“The Government through the Ministry will not condone any acts of illegal civil industrial unrest but instead will request the concerned councils to recommend the workers who are inciting their fellow workers to an illegal work stoppage to the Local Government Commission for appropriate disciplinary action,” he warned.

He further reiterated that government through the ministry expects all council workers countrywide to observe full industrial harmony.