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Malindi Council workers on strike

05 November 2012, 15:55 Alloys Musyoka

Activities at Malindi Municipal Council have been paralyzed after more than 300 workers downed their tools demanding for their salary arrears that amount to three million shillings.

The striking workers said that the council has delayed their payments for the last three months grounding their activities at their homes.  

Led by the Council Workers Union chairman Kadenge Karisa Nzai, the workers also accused municipal council officers for developing a habit of delaying their payments for 15 to 25 days of every month, claims which the council officials dismissed.

"It is unfair because we work so that at the end of month we get our salary,” said Nzai.

He said that council workers will not go back to work until they receive their salary.

They also claimed that the council was losing a lot of money by renting vehicles to facilitate their movements.

According to the workers, this cash should be channeled to their salaries kit.

Responding to these claims, the Malindi Municipal Town Clerk Stephen Mbondo however said that three quarters of the workers have been paid their salaries, noting that only few of them who use Lengo Sacco have not received their dues.

He said the cash is expected to be deposited in the SACCO this week, dismissing claims that all workers had not been paid.

"We don't know why those workers using KCB, Barclays, Cooperative, Equity and other banks have not received their salaries because we deposited for them; they should follow up with their banks but not council," he said.

Mbondo blamed a section of workers whom - according to claims tabled in the council - are involved in corruption deals by undercharging and overcharging some business people and pocketing the cash.

He also said that they have started to investigate the matter to find out how much money the council might have lost through such deals, in order take action against those behind the corruption deals in the council.

"We are investigating this case because there is feeling that some workers undercharge and others over charge and take the money while we all know that this cash is the one which is used to pay them," he said.

The Town council treasurer Duncan Ubura said that the council collects only KES 10 million every month, stating that the amount required to pay workers is KES 13 millions every month.

"The amount we collect is little than what we are supposed to pay our workers so it has been a bit challenging but we are trying our best we ask them to be calm as the council try to solve it," he noted.

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