ZAMBIA United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) president Misheck Nyambose has warned the management at the Kitwe City Council (KCC) to halt its plans of purchasing a new mayoral vehicle or face undisclosed action from the union.
Mr Nyambose said the decision by the management at the KCC to purchase a new mayoral vehicle when the current one was in good condition was a misplaced priority because the council could have used the money to pay retirees and improve service delivery.
He was reacting to concerns by the workers at the council over the management’s decision to purchase a brand new mayoral vehicle when the current one was only bought last year and was still in good condition.
Mr Nyambose said the decision by the management to order the purchase of a brand new GX for the mayor when the council was failing to pay its workers, retirees and improve service delivery was an indication of misplaced priorities and should be halted.
“On behalf of the ZULAWU national executive, I must say we are not happy that the KCC management want to buy a new vehicle for the mayor when the current one is in good shape,” Mr Nyambose said.
Last week, the workers at the council availed to the Daily Nation a copy of an official order for the purchase of an eight seater 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 200. 4.5 L diesel 8 seat GX Turbo Auto VDJ200R-GNTNZ (COLOUR SILVER) FOR THE MAYOR,” read the description on the purchase order. And on Friday, last week, workers at the KCC clad in black protested the delayed conclusion of negotiations, and poor conditions of service among other things.