By Ernest Mwape
Hundreds of school leavers in Mpika have in the past weeks been crowding Nyakangu Private School to seek employment from an unknown Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) which is asking them to pay 60,000 kwacha as application fee.
The NGO that has cast doubts among Mpika residents claims to have its main office in Lusaka with headquarters in New York in the United States of America.
Documents made available to The Watchdog Online in Mpik show that three international organisations have been combined to work under one umbrella to deal with HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and all African neglected diseases.
The three organisations that the doubtful NGO claims to have been merged are SIDA, DFID and JICA and allegedly operating at Catholic bookshop in Lusaka.
“SIDA, DFID and JICA have been combined together to work in one umbrella on the issue of HIV/AIDS, anti malaria, anti tuberculosis including all African neglected diseases,” the letter of introduction reads in parts.
Among other documents made available to ZWD are organisations introductory letter signed by Northern Province Provincial Financial Board (PFB) Chairman M.J. Mukuka, Northern Province tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and anti malaria projects employees’ list with signatures, NRC and salaries and an email allegedely from SIDA, DFID and JICA for one Frank Mukupa.
The merged SIDA – DFID and JICA organisation claims that it is currently working in three Provinces Southern, Eastern and Northern.
The NGO whose officials are conducting recruitment exercise at Nyakangu Private School refuse to state the name of their organisation except to claim that three international donor agencies are working tohether.
The NGO appears to be targeting grade nine dropouts.
The document revealed that workers would be receiving salaries between 1,200,000 and 3,900,000 kwacha every two weeks.
The documents also reveal that those in higher positions would be receiving two million kwacha, cleaners K1,200,000, monitoring team K3,900,000 and guards k1,500,000 kwacha every two weeks.
According to the documents, the projects would also focus on community involvement and counseling effects, rural health centre facilities and controlling the neglected tropical diseases.