Electoral commission employees stop work; demand resignation of Chairperson

Electoral Commission of Zambia-ECZ- Chairperson Justice Florence Mumba has challenged former ECZ Director Dan Kalale to report her to relevant investigation wings on alleged corrupt activities.

Justice Mumba has been accused, together with other commissioners of single sourcing KPMG to undertake consultancy services on the confidential audit system review for the ECZ for the year 2008 to 2009, at a cost of one billion kwacha.

Justice Mumba says she will be happy if the investigations are constituted for the truth to come out.

She says Mr Kalale’s allegations can be investigated because actions that were taken are documented.

Justice Mumba was speaking to Journalists today-Monday in Lusaka.

Mr Kalale on Sunday said he was not consulted over the decision to single source KPMG.

Mr Kalale said he then reported the matter to the Auditor Generals office who directed the contract be cancelled.

He also called on the ACC and DEC to carry out an investigation into the matter.

Mr Kalale who has worked for the ECZ for 20 years received his letter of summary dismissal on Friday.

Work stoppage

Meanwhile Workers at the Electoral Commission of Zambia today-Monday staged a work stoppage demanding the resignation of ECZ Chairperson Justice Florence Mumba.

The workers are demanding the re-instatement of former ECZ Director Dan Kalale.

The irate workers who stood outside the ECZ Headquarters in Lusaka, vowed not to go back to work until Justice Mumba resigns.

The workers also accused Justice Mumba of failing to improve the workers conditions of service.

They have told ZNBC News that Justice Mumba and all the Commissioners should resign because they are not capable of handling the forth coming general elections.

The workers have also vowed not to handle the Mporokoso By-election scheduled for March 3rd, until Justice Mumba quits and Mr Kalale is re-instated.

And Justice Mumba says the workers had the right to express their grievances and maintained that all their concerns will be handled internally.

Justice Mumba who was reluctant to comment on the work stoppage maintains that the operations at the Commission are going on normally.

Mr Kalale received his summary dismissal letter on Friday, January 21st.

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