Kitwe City Council (KCC) has refused to renew the contract of more than 100 market cleaners, sweepers, cashiers and police officers because it allegedly wants to create vacancies for councilors’ children and relatives.
The more than 100 cleaners, sweepers, council police officers and cashiers, who were on contract and later promised to be employed on full time, were disgusted by the council management’s decision not to renew their contracts.
Efforts to get a comment from Kitwe City Council (KCC) Town Clerk Bornwell Luanga proved futile because he had allegedly switched-off his phone after the angry cleaners, sweepers and cashiers whose contracts had not been renewed stormed his house at number 20 Solwezi Road in Riverside residential area in Kitwe.
But, Christine Simenda, a Market Cleaner whose contract has not been renewed by the council, said the council had not renewed the contract of more than 100 cleaners, cashiers and sweepers despite promising them that they would be employed on full time.
Some branch union leaders who spoke on grounds of anonymity, confirmed that management and union agreed in 2011 that those on contract would be employed on full time, but it was disgusting and shocking that the management at the council could U-turn on the matter.
Ms Simenda said the council had changed its earlier decision of employing those on contracts to full time because it wanted to employ councilors’ children and relatives on the vacancies left by those whose contracts have not been renewed.
“Am one of those whose contract has not been renewed and i must say this is very unfair because we were promised that we will be employed on full time, but now that the council is about to start employing, the council management has changed its decision.
“The council has refused to renew the contract of more than 100 cleaners, sweepers, cashiers and some police officers because it wants to create vacancies for councilors’ children and relatives. Some councilors have already brought their relatives and children so that they are employed by the council,” said Ms Simenda.
According to one of the letters of non-renewal of contract sent to Alice Chalilusa dated May 30, 2013, the letter read “Be Informed that your contract of service with council as Market Cleaner which comes to an end on May 31st, 2013 will not be renewed.
By Copy hereof the Director of Finance is informed accordingly and advised to process payment of your dues and deduct there from any monies you may be owing to council.