ZESCO SPOKESMAN DR JOHN-EUDES LENGWE KUNDA SAYS THE COMPANY HAS NO GHOST WORKERS, CALLS FOR A STOP TO VICTIMISATION OF WORKERS BECAUSE OF THEIR RELATIVES ON ZNBC BUSINESS REVIEW
06.10 21 ZNBC BUSINESS REVIEW LUSAKA
Dr John-Eudes Kunda, the Senior Corporate Affairs of ZESCO has ended the online rumour about ghost workers at the state power company calling it fake and challenging anyone with contrary information to report it to relevant authorities in a live interview on ZNBC today in Lusaka.
In a direct question about “ghost workers” earning wages at ZESCO, the official company spokesman whose credentials run back to The Millennium Challenge where he earned his stripes as an astute technocrat said the story was fake.
“I am glad you asked the question,” said Dr Kunda, “a ghost worker is defined as a person on the payroll who doesn’t exist or is dead. Someone left them there to earn money which in that case is fraud by the people that did so.”
Dr Kunda said, in the case of thorough ZESCO investigations commenced in 2014, the case of ghost workers is urban legend.
“I can confidently tell you that we don’t have ghost workers at ZESCO Ltd as stated by social media,” Dr Kunda said, “what we have from social media is that ghost workers are ZESCO workers related to famous people in private sector or public sector but that’s not the factual case.”
Dr Kunda said a distinction must be drawn between people working for ZESCO and there relatives because the criterion of employment is strict—either you qualify for the job or you don’t.
“A person married to a famous person in private sector or politics are not discriminated from employment because of their family relationship,” Dr Kunda said.
The ZESCO spokesman said people would not be discriminated just because their relative was politically or business inclined because that is not what the company stands for, it stands for qualifications.
The straight-shooting spokesman called on Zambians within and without ZESCO to concentrate on work and not hate.
He also disclosed that the company has a huge debt of about US$797 million derived mostly from government and public institutions that must be dismantled.
Dr Chanda added that the high cost of producing power in Zambia and the cheap cost of selling it must be revisited for the company to break even.
Lately relatives of government officials from the outgoing government of President Edgar Lungu have been targets of hate and contempt on online media especially those working for quasi government institutions like the power company.
Dr Kunda´s interview has gone viral on online media giving a mature perspective to the cut and paste stories done by rogue online media.
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