By Patience Lunda
Mzuzu City Council (MCC) employee Ndinawe Mtambo staged a solo vigil at council premises Monday as one way of forcing council officials to be paying workers on time.
When we visited the premises, we found that Mtambo had taken all her belongings, including a fridge, clothes and kitchen utensils, to the council’s car park— instantly turning it into her new home.
In an interview, Mtambo said salary delays had persisted for over five years, such that she wanted the authorities to come up with an immediate solution to them.
“At times we stay more than three months without receiving our salaries and we have been having talks [with officials] but they have just been promising us that this problem will be resolved but nothing has been done, hence the new approach by holding vigils,” she said.
MCC spokesperson, McDonald Gondwe said the council was shocked to learn of Mtambo’s actions, saying she was supposed to use laid down channels.
“There are other processes she was supposed to follow, including consultations with heads of departments or even officially writing the council but we have seen that there is more to it, which is why we are equally observing the situation so that we see what will transpire next,” he said.
In 2021, some Mzuzu City Council workers downed tools due to, among other reasons, salary payment delays.