PF gives ACC workers 1% salary increment, cuts funding to commission

PF gives ACC workers 1% salary increment, cuts funding to commission

The PF government has awarded a one (1) percent salary increment to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) workers across the board.

And the government has cut funding to the ACC forcing the body mandated to fight corruption to implement austerity measures.Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 23.21.10 Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 23.20.46

Meanwhile, a cross section of aggrieved ACC workers have vowed to teach Edgar Lungu and his PF regime a lesson in this year’s elections.

According to information obtained by the Zambian Watchdog, outgoing ACC Director General Roswin Wandi addressed a management meeting yesterday Thursday 24th March 2016 at 10 hours in the conference room during which she announced that they have been awarded a 1 percent salary increment.

Wandi told the shocked workers that that management tried to engage the government to reconsider the increment but were told that what has been given was final.

‘Management tried to engage Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance for a better deal for 2017 considering the risks associated with our work but we were told it was final.’ Wandi explained.

For 2016 the Commission has only been given K565, 210. 73 n while for 2017 the figure is K570, 862.41n and for 2018 they have been allocated K576, 571.04n. The total amount awarded for the 1 percent salary increment per year for the period 2016 to 2018 is K1, 712,643.73n.

Wandi told the workers to keep the information as top secrete as it was only for their information.

‘This is just for your information, don’t be discouraged by this but remain resolute,’ Wandi told the visibly shocked workers.

At the end of the briefing she called for comments but no one had anything to say as they were all frustrated.

And a cross section of ACC workers has vowed to teach outgoing President Edgar Lungu and the PF government a lesson in this year’s elections.

Soon after the meeting all staff knocked off with some saying they were going home to secure their voters cards so that they teach Lungu and the PF a lesson in August.

One senior worker told the Zambian Watchdog that the move was a ploy by the PF corrupt government to frustrate the ACC from performing its functions of curbing corruption.

The Commission has only been given K9.6 million for all its operations for this year forcing management to introduce austerity measures.

Some of the measures include a reduction in security staff during the day and workers have been urged to be vigilant during day time to compensate the reduced security staff.

 

Purchase of newspapers has also been reduced and workers have been encouraged to share the few copies that will be provided while consumables have been scrapped. In the last meeting that was held recently workers were requested to carry their own water and black tea to the office.

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