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Karonga District Commissioner asked to quit

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There was commotion at Karonga District Council on Thursday when over 100 council employees stormed the District Commissioner (DC) Rosemary Moyo’s office, demanding that she quits.

The embattled members of staff alleged that Moyo was responsible for their poor working conditions such as exorbitant pension deductions and delayed salaries.

Chairperson for the workers union, Bentley Chihana, alleged in an interview that since Moyo assumed the office of Karonga DC, the workers’ welfare has declined significantly.

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“Since madam Moyo took over [the running of] this Council, things have gone out of hand as decisions are being made without consultations. Concerns have been raised but no one takes heed; so, she better pave the way for others because to us this is a sign of incompetence on her part,” he said.

Chihana added: “Imagine all along we have been receiving our salaries in full but to our surprise during the months of July and August, we suffered deductions that were not explained and upon enquiring, we were told they were meant for the pension scheme?”

The irate staff has also called for the transfer of their Human Resource Officer Tamika Milimbo and Acting Director of Planning and Development (DPD) Emmanuel Sohaya, saying they were responsible for salary delays and workplace miseries.

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When contacted for comment, Moyo laughed off the accusations, describing them as baseless and a result of ignorance.

“You and I know that it is government’s policy to contribute to pension scheme and if they were not doing that before it was against the law. So, I am left wondering as to what crime I have committed,” said Moyo.

“Talking of salaries, we have always paid them on time, those issues were there last year but we sorted everything out. Genuinely speaking, I sense nepotism and hatred in their calls because I have heard some say the other two and I should leave because we are Chewas who do not care about northerners, an argument which I find very misplaced,” she added.

Moyo, however, said she is going nowhere because she was not employed by the workers union.

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