Some casual workers who were engaged to clear the bush for the Chief Mutondo/Mangango Mission Hospital electricity project in Kaoma District of Western Province have complained over non-payment of their wages since their contracts ended in June last year.
The irate former workers said they have not been paid their three-month arrears despite numerous promises by the contractor – Two-Thirds – who was sub-contracted to clear the bush for the World Bank-funded electricity project.
The workers, who sought anonymity, said Two-Thirds Construction hired them in April last year with a promise that they would be paid K20 and K5 as daily salary and ration money respectively.
They said the contractor has continued to give empty promises since their contract ended more than six months ago.
And Mangango Member of Parliament, Robert Chiseke, has urged Two-Thirds to quickly pay the workers as the non-payment of their wages is negating the PF government’s efforts to alleviate poverty through job creation.
Mr Chiseke, who is also Chiefs and Traditional Affairs deputy Minister, said he has made several follow-ups with Two-Thirds over the non-payment of the casual workers’ salaries but his efforts have not yielded positive results.
Meanwhile, Induna Lwando of the Nkoya Royal Establishment has called on government to hasten the connection of electricity to Mwene Mutondo’s chiefdom and Mangango constituency.