Transporters in Mansa complain over non-payment by FRA
Mansa, June 26, ZANIS —— About 31 Transporters contracted by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to transport maize in the 2011/2012 marketing season in Luapula Province have not been paid their dues by the Agency.
This was revealed when Transporters went FRA offices demanding to know from the Provincial Marketing Coordinator when they will be paid their money.
The Transporters who say they have waited too long have vowed never to allow any to transport maize in the 2012/2013 marketing season if they are not paid their money.
Speaking on behalf of the transporters Clement Mumba said it was worrying that some transporters had been paid fully while others have not been paid when they where contracted to do the same job.
Mr. Mumba says transporters have suffered long enough and wandered why they have not been paid when some of the maize they where transporting has been sold.
And speaking to the farmers, Food Reserve Agency Regional Accountant Desire Ngoma said the regional offices in Luapula Province are still waiting to from headquarters on the matter adding that their work ends at process the payment for the transporters.
Meanwhile Mansa District Commissioner Miriam Kauseni has assured the Transporters that her office will follow up the matter and give a feedback by Friday.
Mrs. Kauseni says the nonpayment of the Transporters is an issue of concern and assured the transporters that she will follow the matter with keen interest so that they are paid their money.
Mrs. Kauseni said this when she addressed the Transporters after they had demanded to be addressed by her office.