PF Youths demonstrat​e for jobs in Mongu

Patriotic Front (PF) members in Mongu District in Western Province took to the street and petitioned government on the recent job opportunities in the newly-created districts.

The aggrieved members marched from their party secretariat office to the Permanent Secretary’s office chanting songs of solidality to President Michael Sata.

Speaking on behalf of other petitioners, PF Provincial Chairman, Kenneth Namutulo, accused the Provincial Administration and District Commissioners in the new districts of being corrupt and having used nepotism in the employment process.

Mr Namutulo accused the District Commissioners of having chosen their relatives to fill in the positions of non-civil service jobs in their districts at the expense of PF members.

“I have made my own investigations on the recent employment. The jobs in these new districts were given to people who were on the list of District Commissioners and mostly their relatives,” alleged Mr Namutulo.

He further accused the District Commissioners of working against President Sata’s administration, explaining that the District Commissioners allegedly did not consult with the party leadership in their respective districts when they came up with the names of the new recruits.

Speaking Earlier, Mongu PF District Chairman, Oscar Tembo, said members of the ruling party mean well, adding that the demonstration conducted was due to rampant unemployment among party members as well as youths in the district and the province as a whole.

Mr Tembo said the non-civil service jobs that were created in the new districts should have been seen to cushion the unemployment levels in the province.

He also accused the provincial administration of hiring people from outside the province whom he said are the majority.

And in response, Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga, said their grievances would be looked into and communicated through the party structure. / ZANIS