On Strike-Workers Constructing the state-of-art Ministry of Home Affairs offices

Workers constructing the state-of-art Ministry of Home Affairs offices in Kapiri Mposhi district have gone on strike demanding to be paid 10 months salary arrears owed by the contractor.

According to ZANIS, the workers said they have not been getting their salaries for 10 months now .

Government contracted Risbel Enterprises Construction to build the Home Affairs offices in Kapiri Mposhi district at a total cost of K3.3 million.

The new office complex will house the departments of National Registration, Passports and Immigration. Workers’ representative, Laston Chirwa , said the workers will not resume operations until their outstanding salary arrears are paid.

And Risbel Enterprises Construction Director, Abel Chunga could not be reached for a comment. However, Chunga recently said his company had not been paying salaries to its workers because of delays by government to finalize the payment process for the project.

He added that the company was still awaiting the transfer of funds from the government. Meanwhile, 95 percent of works have been done so far on the building whose completion has delayed for close to a year.

Once commissioned the office building will solve the acute shortage of office accommodation for the departments of National Registrations, Passports and Immigrations that currently operate in a private building.