Mine Union of Zambia President Rayford Mbulu is holding office illegally.
This is according to Labour and Social Security Minister Austin Liato.
Mr Liato says this is because Mr. Mbulu is not in any formal employment to warrant him represent the interests of workers.
The minister explained at a press briefing in Livingstone that the law prohibits a person who is unemployed from representing other employees.
Disqualified at ZCTU
Mr. Liato says this is the reason why Mr. Mbulu was barred from contesting the position of ZCTU President at the just ended Zambia Congress of Trade Union quadrennial conference.
The Minister says Mr. Mbulu should resign from his position as MUZ president instead of wait for the Ministry of Labour to tell him to leave.
Mr. Liato further says government had no hand in the dismissal of Mr. Mbulu from his employment at Chambishi Metals on the Copperbelt.
He says government does not have any role to play in the holding of elections by any trade unions.
The ZCTU quadrennial conference has ushered in new office bearers to oversee affairs of the labour movement for the next four years.
ZCTU president Leornad Hikaumba has retained his position unopposed with Roy Mwaba bouncing back as General Secretary.
Mr Mwaba will be deputized by Cosmas Mukuka the General secretary of Basic Education Teachers’ Union of Zambia.
Courtesy of ZNBC