‘No money in their pockets’ Lundazi council workers protest

Operations at Lundazi District Council yesterday temporarily came to a standstill after angry unionized division four council workers protested and locked Offices of Council Secretary, Magubbwi Simukolomba, and Council Treasurer, Mable Yengayenga, demanding three months unpaid salary arrears.

And a quick action by police and Lundazi District Administrative Officer, Mukule Banda, saved the situation and pleaded with the angry workers to unlock the offices and allow
the Council Secretary and his Council Treasurer to enter and work.

After a lengthy discussion, the workers agreed to unlock the offices following assurance that the Provincial Local Government Officer [PLGO], Macloud Nyirenda, would address them the following day.

The workers, however, passed a vote of confidence in the Council Secretary Mr Simukolomba, and his treasurers for their alleged failure to manage Lundazi Council efficiently and effectively.

The workers accused Mr Simukolomba of failure to address them on their three months unpaid salaries despite union leaders pleading with him to do so.

They accused the Council Treasurer of alleged arrogance and failure to respect their rights.

They have since appealed to Local Government Services Commission to consider transferring the two chief officers to other districts.

The workers claimed that their children have not been learning since January 2013 because they were chased from school due to lack of school fees, while those occupying rented houses have also been evicted by landlords due to failure to pay rentals.
But when contacted for a comment Mr Simukolomba told ZANIS that the council was experiencing financial challenges and failed to raise KR60,000-00 for salaries due to limited income raised from commercial ventures.

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18 Responses to "‘No money in their pockets’ Lundazi council workers protest"

  1. voters card   April 18, 2013 at 08:06

    Lundazi voters are paying the price for voting MMD, vote wisely next time! vote PF for more money in your pockets, better roads and a President who is not a thief!

  2. bebo   April 18, 2013 at 07:44

    its not just Lundaza in crisis its all Councils especially District Councils. I wonder what our Goverment is doing for that they promised a big chanc money in this years budget to local Councils but not a ngwee has been sent sofar.I think we need people like Chishimba Kambweli to minister local goverment in order to push this so called Local Goverment Service Commissioner and the ZULAU inoder to address workers pright.Please Mr Prisedent look into this

  3. ANGONI   April 17, 2013 at 21:40

    Ba paya farmer uufi like big saTan

  4. foolish zambian   April 17, 2013 at 20:38

    So such things are still happening in Zambia even after 50 years of political independence. Now I see why Levy Mwanawasa is so far the best President Zambia has ever had in a multi-party system. Reason: because he was a good lawyer. Some after being cleaners and policemen and town governors thought they could be better Presidents. 2 years after elections, the only achievement made is the changing of names of airports, firing people, and OVER re-employing a family tree. Yes, you were dupped. Its pay back time for voting blindly and deafly

  5. Joe Johnson   April 17, 2013 at 19:21

    PF is retrieving money from people’s pockets, vote wisely in 2016.

  6. Blind Supporter   April 17, 2013 at 17:32

    Where is SATA their “god”
    ….. who cheated them with NO money in their pockets ???
    let them “pray” weyyyy ……. !

  7. Blind Supporter   April 17, 2013 at 17:32

    Where is SATA their “god”

    ….. who cheated them with NO money in their pockets ???

    let them “pray” weyyyy ……. !

  8. emma banda   April 17, 2013 at 17:00

    We were warned bt we didn’t listen so let’s face da music otherwise PF govt is the worst

  9. Fwebamano   April 17, 2013 at 16:54


  10. big bwana   April 17, 2013 at 16:17


    • Uhuru   April 17, 2013 at 16:28

      How and why?

  11. QUESTIONER   April 17, 2013 at 16:12

    This government is so engrossed in making the numbers in parliament through creating and holding by-elections than pushing the national agenda. With such happenings, one can conclude that there is no agenda for developing Zambia. No wonder cabinet ministers behave like headless chickens. I was appalled the other time to see two deputy ministers in the same ministry (Home Affairs) inspecting boarders to check the movement of mealie meal. Is it feasible really to have two deputy ministers undertaking a tour together? They all looked so foolish. You can tell that these people have nothing to do in their offices; all they want to do is make allowances out of travelling. I can imagine the in-fighting going on regarding trips in ministries where you have more than one deputy minister. It is tax payers money at stake here. Please people, wake up and monitor these useless actions. We have to make these morons accountable for our money.

  12. chali chilekengwe   April 17, 2013 at 15:57

    wapya munzi

  13. jon   April 17, 2013 at 15:57

    is it vote of confidence or of no confidence?

  14. Patrick chongo   April 17, 2013 at 15:53

    Pf is not here to serve the zambian pipo

  15. PF Killer   April 17, 2013 at 15:50

    Eurobond yala pwa.

  16. SR FERGY   April 17, 2013 at 15:42

    come september it will be the entire civil service.

  17. Alex   April 17, 2013 at 15:37

    No money in their pockets.