Kafue council throws its ex-secretary in the cold

The Kafue District Council has forcibly evicted its former Council Secretary Ronica Muyoba ignoring the Industrial Relations Court ruling that ordered that she be compensated after she was wrongly dismissed from her job.

Ms Miyoba tearfully told the Daily Nation in an interview that she had worked for the Kafue District Council for 31 years before she was wrongly dismissed on unknown reasons.

Ms Miyoba said after she was dismissed, the then Local Government and Housing Minister in the MMD government Sylvia Masebo directed the council to reinstate her but the directive was ignored forcing her to seek legal intervention from the Industrial Relations Court.

She explained that the house from which she had been evicted was not her official house while serving as council secretary and that management at the municipality had neglected to settle her compensation from the time she lost her job.

Ms Miyoba said the Kafue District Council had not paid her in full but was shocked that management had ordered her eviction when labour laws dictated that an employee could only leave an institutional house after full payment of terminal benefits.

She said the Kafue District Council management had cruelly thrown her out of her house together with her old mother, grand children at a time when the season was unfriendly.

Efforts to get the Kafue District Council secretary failed as his mobile phone went unanswered. The council secretary only sent an SMS saying he was in a meeting after several calls were not answered.

Ms Miyoba said when the Patriotic Front (PF) formed government, she attempted to seek audience with President Michael Sata but was not afforded the chance as she was only told to leave her problems with the Principal Private Secretary Mr Chalabesa.

“I was the Council secretary for Kafue District Council and had worked for the council for 31 years. I was wrongly dismissed in 2009 and the Minister of Local Government and Housing at the time Sylvia Masebo ordered for my reinstatement but she was ignored. I decided to go to the Industrial Relations Court where it was ruled that I was wrongly dismissed and should have been compensated before leaving the house. But Kafue District Council has been threatening to evict me and on Friday, they came and forcibly threw my property and family outside. I have an old mother and young children sleeping in the cold,” Ms Miyoba said between tears.

She complained that management at the Kafue District Council had treated her inhumanly by evicting her from the house before settling her compensation for the last five years.

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