Monday, 19 December 2011


Government says it is concerned about the plight of workers at Kawambwa Tea Company (KTC).
Finance Deputy Minister, Alfridah Kansembe said this in Kawambwa at the weekend when she addressed KTC workers.
She said government has received many reports about the workers' sufferings at the company but assured that government is committed to solving their problems.
Mrs Kansembe complained the current investor has failed to run the company adding government will soon intervene into the matter.
However, Mrs Kansembe appealed to workers to wait patiently as the matter is still in court.
Meanwhile, Mrs Kansembe has expressed sadness that ZESCO has disconnected power at the company which has resulted in a water crisis at the firm.
The Deputy Minister noted lack of piped water may result into waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera especially in the rainy season.
She said government will discuss with ZESCO authorities to ensure that electricity is restored as soon as possible.
And KTC workers have vowed to continue with the work stoppage which started two months ago.
They said they will only resume work after being paid their salaries and wages and threatened to manhandle the investor if he comes to the tea company.
The workers explained they have failed to send their children to school adding they have also become destitute because of non payment of their salaries and wages.
The Deputy Minister who was on a one day tour of Kawambwa district was accompanied by Luapula province Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Kaunda and other government officials.

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