A ROW has erupted at the Kitwe City Council (KCC) where workers have risen against the management over its decision to purchase a brand new mayoral vehicle when the current one is allegedly in good condition.
The workers told the Daily Nation in Kitwe that the decision by management to order a brand new GX for the mayor when the council was failing to pay salaries to its workers and retirees was an indication of misplaced priorities.
The workers, who sought anonymity, availed to the Daily Nation a copy of an official order for the purchase of an 8-seat GX at K630,930 from Toyota Zambia in Kitwe.
The order for the purchase of the vehicle was dated September 2, 2014 and believed to have been signed by Kitwe Town Clerk Bornwell Luanga.
According to the description of the vehicle on the copy of the official order, it is LC 2004. 4.5 L diesel 8 seat GX Turbo Auto VDJ200R-GNTNZ (colour silver) for the Mayor.”
The workers said the purchase of the new mayoral vehicle when the current one was in good condition should be reversed.
“The K630,930 should be used to improve service delivery in the city, pay arrears for council workers and retirees, instead of buying a new vehicle for one person.
When the council sold plots, it wanted to raise funds and improve service delivery in the city and not to buy a vehicle for the mayor.
But, when contacted for a comment, director of finance Samuel Mumba told the Daily Nation through his secretary that he had no comment to make.
The director of administration identified as Mr Simfukwe demanded that the Daily Nation reporter discloses his source of information before he could comment on the matter.
Mr Simfukwe told the Daily Nation that since the reporter had refused to disclose his source of information, he would also not comment on the matter.
“If you can’t tell me who leaked that order for the purchase of the new vehicle for the mayor, then i will also not comment,” Mr Simfukwe said.
And some councillors are allegedly shocked that the council was planning to buy a new mayoral vehicle when the current one was in good condition and that the matter had never been discussed in the council.