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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Corruption Watch (Ndola Lime)

Another Parastatal, Ndola Lime, under the spotlight for financial irregularities, as reported via Radio Phoenix on 8th July 2009:
Ndola Lime company General Manager Amis Daudi has been sent on forced leave with immediate effect by the company’s board of directors. This is pending the review of the audit report on allegations raised against his management. Recently, workers at Ndola lime staged a violent protest during which they locked out of the company premises, Mr Daudi and his management team demanding for his removal and two of his named managers. The workers even switched off the lime production equipment at the company before calling off their protest the following day.

But according to an internal memorandum made available to radio phoenix in Ndola, the board has since appointed Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings technical officer Abraham Witika as acting general manager for administrative and convenience purpose until further notice.

According to internal memorandum addressed to Ndola lime employees and signed by the board chairman Willie Musama, the decision to send Mr Daudi on forced leave was arrived at during a special board meeting at ZCCM-IH offices on 4th July 2009.

The board has recommended an independent and transparent audit to investigate Ndola lime company financial records and later a report be submitted by the end of this month. The board has further reviewed the protracted salary increment negotiations and the illegal industrial action taken by unionized workers to withdraw their labour.

The board has since directed that both unions and management representative resolve their outstanding differences. The board has however described the switching off power to the rotary kiln by employees on Friday last week as unacceptable behavior. Meanwhile, National Energy Sector and Allied Workers Union general secretary Yotam Mtayachalo has appealed to employees at Ndola Lime to allow the three managers to resume work until the financial audit is concluded.

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