Employees constructing the multi-million Kwacha Karonga Stadium stormed the office of the District Commissioner (DC) on Wednesday, demanding their two month salaries owed to them by Nangaunozge Building Constructors, the contractor constructing the stadium.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency, Steven Muwira, one of the group leaders alleged that the construction company has also been mistreating them by deducting their wages without notice.
Muwira said they have channeled their grievances to a number of relevant offices, but the efforts have yielded no fruits. As a result they have threatened to take unspecified action.
“We are now tired with the company’s behavior, just imagine, apart from failing to pay our two month salary, it has been deducting it [salary] without proper explanation. What is worse is that the owner of the company has stopped answering our calls,” said Muwira.
Another irate worker Derrick Kawila bemoaned the working conditions, describing them as difficult and challenged the DC to come in quickly to assist them as some of the workers came from as far as the central and southern regions.
The office of the DC, however, assured the workers that it would discuss with Nangaunozge Constructors as well as the Local Development Fund (LDF) to assist them in time while appealing for calm.
Effort to speak to the owner of the company who is also Member of Parliament in Mzimba Henry Shaba proved futile as he has was not answering his mobile phone.
The workers’ salary differs according to the departments they work. Builders receive K1, 000.00 per day; carpenters get K900.00 while a ground labourer gets K800.00 per day.
The K504 million football Stadium is funded by the Local Development Fund (LDF) and scheduled to be completed within 52 weeks.
Source: Malawi News Agency