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City council employees protest Chief Executive Officer’s forced leave

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Lilongwe City Council employees Monday staged a sit-in at the council’s offices protesting a move by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to send the council’s Chief Executive Officer Moza Zeleza to a three months forced leave.

Zeleza was sent on leave last week to pave way for an investigation into the council’s underperformance.

According to the council’s spokesperson Tamara Chafunya, the employees think the suspension of the CEO will affect their quest for salary increment.

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“The employees are more concerned about their salary increment which is yet to be done following a communication from our line ministry a month ago advising the council to seriously improve on the revenue base if salaries for members of staff are to be increased,” she said.

According to Chafunya, the ministry earlier engaged the city council union to hear the concerns and assured the employees that they would have their increment come June.

Commenting on the development, Lilongwe City Council Mayor, Desmond Bikoko, said even though Zeleza who was championing the increment issues is on leave, the council will do everything possible to see to it that the employees’ demands are met.

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“It is not the CEO as individual who is committed but it is the council as the institution that is committed to ensuring that we pay our people the increments,” he said.

Meanwhile, the council’s union has advised all employees to return to work on Tuesday.

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