WORKERS at Makeni Ecumenical Centre (MEC) in Lusaka have accused management of victimisation and mistreatment despite the institution belonging to the church.
The workers said they had on several occasions been told that they were free to go anywhere, including the media, whenever they had concerns with management regarding their welfare.
But MEC Vicar General Andrew Mukuyamba, who is also said to be the executive director, board chairperon and overseer of the institution, refuted the allegations, saying management was always open to dialogue.
The workers were last week asked to vote on the alleged mistreatment after the issue appeared in the media and those who did not participate were said to have been victimised.
"Immediately after the article appeared in the media, a meeting was called and workers were asked to vote," said one source who declined to be named.
The source said workers who were opposed to the management's style of running the institution had since left while those that remained were working in fear as management had allegedly made it clear that doors were still open for all of them.
And an associate of the founder members of the centre, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was good that the happenings at the centre had come to the attention of the public.
The initial founder only identified as Dill has since died.
The associate said the centre had lost direction since the founder member died, adding that workers had little or no say on anything as most of them were illiterate and vulnerable.
"The founder who was my associate had a vision and heart for the vulnerable but since he died things are not the same anymore."
But the vicar general said no worker was being victimised at the institution.