16 June 2012

Tanzania: Sacked Workers Up in Arms Against Employer

Morogoro — TANZANIA Local Government Workers Union (TALGWU) in Morogoro Region have called upon District authorities to conduct fair investigations over the termination of workers in Mvomero and Morogoro District Councils.

TALGWU Regional Secretary Julius Manning told 'Daily News on Saturday', on Friday the termination of workers in the Region over different allegations are not done under Public service Regulations and Act. A total of nine workers from Morogoro District Council and three workers from Mvomero District Council were terminated last month on suspicion of embezzlement of development fund in their councils.

"What we want is for our members to be treated fairly under the rules and regulations which govern the public workers," he said.

Manning said they have received complaints from some of the terminated workers from Morogoro District Council claiming they have not received their last month's (May) salary.

He said withholding the terminated workers' salary is against section 6 of the Public Service Act of 2004 which need the terminated employer to be paid full salary for the whole period of his or her investigation."Politics should be avoided in this matter; we are expecting that after 14 days the investigation committee will be formed and will work fairly," Manning said.

Clarifying the matter, the Morogoro District Executive Director, Mr Julius Madiga said the investigations will be fair and all those suspected of embezzlement will be allowed to give their defense."If there are some workers who have not received their last month (May) salary they should come to my office, there might be other problems but we have not suspended any salary to the terminated workers," Madiga said.

The terminated workers in Morogoro District Council are Zakaria Sekimweri (treasurer), Frida Mallya, Emmanuel Lyapa, Magreth Kapinga, (accountants), Philbert Mgwassa (Development Officer), Atuganile Swilla (Human Resource Officer) and Debora Kabudi.

Others are Tegetero Village Executive Officer(VEO) Musa Mzawanga and Hidaya Gonza (VEO). In Mvomero District are Bernard Lukensa (Business Officer), Oscar Sanga (Civil Technician) and Othuman Mzee (Engineer).

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