Mzuzu Coffee Security Personnel Seal Main Entrance Over Salary Arrears
Security officers at Mzuzu Coffee have sealed the main entrance to the premises as a way of demanding payment of their salaries dating back from 2017.
According to some of the security officers Zodiak spoke to Thursday morning, within the 3 years the company has only paid them salaries for 4 months, and 20 thousand kwacha upon request for the rest of the months.
They claim to have engaged government several times over the years over the matter but nothing has been done this far.
This has affected their welfare and that of their dependents as they are failing to make ends meet subjecting them to relying on loans.
One of the security officers Peter Mkolongo says is worried that the institution cares less about their well-being. This he says is evidenced by the hiring of temporary guards following their protests.
"We have been meeting a lot of challenges as we have not been getting our salaries. We have tried complaining, but to no avail," said Mkolongo.
He adds that they "had a sit in, but instead of being assisted, our bosses employed temporary guards which is saddening as they keep saying they do not have any money. We just want the authorities to assist us as failure to do so we will seek help from various organizations," Mkolongo.
Meanwhile, as the guards have now resorted to sealing the premises, some of the workers at the company have also joined in as they say the company also owes them a lot of salary arrears.
Efforts to speak to Mzuzu Coffee Chief Executive Officer Benard Kaunda proved futile.
For close to 5 years now Mzuzu Coffee has been undergoing some financial challenges.