ZABS chief moved to LWSC

By Nation Reporter

ZAMBIA Bureau of Standards (ZABS) director general Manuel Mutale has been appointed acting managing director for Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) to replace Mr George Ndongwe whose contract was terminated by Local Government and Housing permanent security Amos Malupenga recently.

Mr Malupenga, who is LWSC interim board chairman, said Mr Mutale would now be the one managing the affairs of the water utility firm in acting capacity until the board hired a new managing director.

He did not expect the process to go beyond three months, adding that Mr Mutale was a highly reputable public officer who was familiar with the water sector having served as managing director for Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company on the Copperbelt.

Mr Malupenga further said it was in his inescapable duty to ensure that the utility company and all the commercial utilities operated to the the full expectations of all stakeholders, particularly employees and consumers.

He assured all the cooperating partners and stakeholders that the company would continue to operate smoothly during this transition period.

And the Zambia Water and Sanitation Engineering and Allied workers Union (ZAWSEAWU) LWSC branch chairperson Moses Mwale said the move to relieve Mr Ndongwe of his duties had been taken in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Mr Mwale said members of staff had raised numerous concerns about the affairs of the company, including the failed pre-payment metering project and the buying of expensive personal to holder vehicles for management.