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NATIONAL Employment Council for the engineering sector workers have passed a vote of no confidence on board members whom they accuse of corruption, maladministration and favouritism. The workers have since petitioned the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare and the Registrar of National Employment Councils highlighting a plethora of corruption and maladministration cases.

In the petition dated October 14 2013, the NEC for engineering employees accused the board led by Mr Ray Ndlukula of failing to deal with the case of the organisation’s chief executive officer Mr Jeremiah Jaja who was suspended in 2012 over corruption allegations. Mr Jaja is still on the organisation’s payroll and has so far siphoned US$87 000 as the board dithers on finalising his case.

The workers allege that Mr Jaja was being protected by board members who received favours from him when he was still in office.

“Some board members, for example, Mr (Wise) Garira owe Mr Jaja favours. In the issue of Garira, his company AFA Fire Engineers had a debt of US$32 000 in unremitted subscriptions written off. It now has an additional US$18 000 in subscriptions unpaid,” read the document.

The AFA Fire Engineers debt was cancelled though a letter dated January 13 2012 in which NEC for Engineering acting general secretary Mrs Angeline Kanyemba wrote: “With reference to the above, please be aised that EMF Medical Aid Society has made a decision to write off AFA Fire Engineers’ debt of US$32 205, 22 this being subscription arrears accumulated from February 2009 to December 2011.

“This followed a meeting held in December 2011 between AFA Fire Engineers representatives and our general secretary in which their challenges were discussed.”

The employees complained that the board was plotting to impose a board member Mr Washington Wakasemwa as the accountant.

The workers further accused the board of failing to implement a job grading exercise which was recommended by Pricewaterhouse Coopers Accountants in November 2012, a development which has seen some junior staffers earning more than their superiors.

This, the workers allege was a clear indication that the board members were keen on protecting their relatives employed within the organisation.

“When the job grading process was complete, the results were given to management in early 2013 . . . The board members were given this information but up to today they have not acknowledged the results. Instead, they have shelved the job grading exercise because the results show that the organisation has anomalies in salaries as some junior staffers earn more than managers.

Mrs Kanyemba declined to discuss the allegations referring questions to Mr Ndlukula who in turn first dismissed the allegations before he said “I can’t comment for now until I see the documents you are talking about.”

Source : The Herald

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