MORE than 200 listers who were contracted to carry out health formative survey for University of Zambia (UNZA) with technical assistance from Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) have complained of non payment of their allowances.
ZamStats was contracted by UNZA to do the listing in 30 districts of all the 10 provinces of Zambia.
The job of the listers in the survey was to identify and list houses with girls between the age of 10- 24 years affected by gander based violence, HIV, AIDS and sexual reproductive health.
The exercise which took place in August during the 2022 Census of Population and Housing covered three towns per province.
Zamstats was paid by UNZA and the survey lasted for 10 days on average
The payment process of 50 percent down payment which amounted to K4, 970 per lister is said to have been marred by omissions resulting in some listers going in the field without cash.
Listers were told that upon return and hand over of the agency’s tablets and retirement of acquittal forms they would be paid but that did not happen three months today.
A WhatsApp group that was being used for communication was disbanded two weeks ago leaving listers with no clear road map.
Concerted efforts by some listers to get to different ZamStats provincial offices had failed to yield progress.
And when he was contacted for a comment, ZamStats acting statistician general Mulenga Musepa refered the issue to UNZA whom he said was the owner of the survey.
“Kindly get to the organisers UNZA who financed the survey. I believe ZamStats just provided the technical assistance,” Mr Musepa said.
This similar response was given to some Lusaka based listers who had earlier mobilised themselves and reached ZamStats head office to demand for payment.
“We were told that UNZA had not paid ZamStats for the balances. So we went to the Dean, in the School of Public Health Hikabasa Halwiindi to ask. He gave us full information on the issue.
We wonder why ZamStats organisers were failing to account and retire correct acquittal forms,” said one of the listers of Lusaka who sought anonymity.
Dr Halwiindi explained the reasons why the payment had delayed.
“The solution is there except ZamStats is not playing their role. UNZA are the ones running the research project. We released a lot of money for them to do the listing.
” You might wish to know that the project is being funded by Global Fund. And in order for us to get the money that is supposed to be paid to the listers, it means we have to submit the correct receipts of the previous payment of which ZamStats has not done,” he said.
Dr Halwiindi said ZamStats has been sending receipts but most of them were wrong.
“The [names] appearing on the receipts are not the correct names which were listed as the people who did the work. So we have been asking ZamStats to send all the correct receipts and rectify their errors. Unfortunately ZamStats is not communicating the full details to their listers,” he said.
“What I proposed to ZamStats is maybe we have [an emergency tripartite] meeting so that [afterwards] there is no finger pointing,” said Dr Halwiindi.
However, the listers talked to said they want their money as soon as possible. They said their patience had since run out and they have vowed to expose anyone involved in the wrong doing to the relevant authorities.
Pharmacist in K100,000 theft case
A PHARMACIST is in court over theft of more than K100, 000 and hundreds of dollars cash.
Evans Bwalya, 35, of Avondale is facing 10 counts of theft by servant.
Allegations are that on February 20, 2020, Bwalya, being employed by Chirundu Pharmacy Limited as executive director, stole K7, 974 cash, the property of his employer.
In the second count, it is alleged that on May 4, the same year, the accused stole K15, 454.
It is alleged in the third count that on May 8, 2020, Bwalya again stole K20, 541 cash.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that on May 19 the same year, Bwalya stole K6, 240 belonging to his employer.
In count five, it is alleged that on July 17 this year, the accused stole K 51,943 from his employer.
It is alleged in the sixth count that six days later, the accuse stole stole K 8, 800 cash from his employer.
In count seven, it is alleged that five days later he again stole US$105. 20.
Further allegations in the eighth count are that on September 16, 2020, the accused stole K 4, 585 cash.
In the ninth count, it is alleged that on September 28, 2020, Bwalya stole K 538. 30.
In the last count, he is accused of stealing US$562.40 cash on October 14.
When the case came up yesterday before Lusaka magistrate Idah Phiri, the accused pleaded not guilty and trial will start on January 11.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022
Jordan Simwizye, 24, a 4th year medical student at CBU, commits suicide over his alleged inability to pay his debt
A 24-year-old fourth year medical student from Copperbelt University (CBU) on the Copperbelt has committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree.
Jordan Simwizye whose body was found almost in a decomposed state is suspected to have taken his life due owing a lot of people money.
Copperbelt commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba who confirmed the incident said that the matter is believed to have occurred on Saturday when the deceased went missing according to his aunt.
“Brief Facts of the matter are that the reporter, being a security guard who found the body was in a company of his friends and as they were doing some patrols around Copperbelt University premises here in Ndola and it so happened that they came across a dead body of a male person hanging on the tree. The matter was later reported to Police who in turn visited the scene and confirmed the incident the deceased hanged himself using a rope,” he said.
He said after inspecting the body which was a bit decomposed, a phone was found on the deceased and the same was used to communicate with the relatives to the deceased and the deceased was later identified by his aunt Adess Mwewa of Lubuto township in Ndola.
“According to the identifier (Aunt to the deceased) the deceased went missing on Saturday around 15:00hours. Reasons for committing suicide is not known as no document/note was found on the deceased body which contained any reasons for his action however, the aunt to the deceased strongly suspects that her nephew (deceased) decided to take his life because of credits he had of different people,” he said.
Mr Mweemba added that the body of the deceased has since been deposited at Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting possible postmortem and burial.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022
Zambia records an increase in GBV cases, police say
MORE than 8,000 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) have been recorded this year as compared to the about 4,000 cases reported in the third quarter of the year last year, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has bemoaned.
He said last year reports of criminal stood at around 6,303 cases, while the non-criminal stood at around 2,487 cases as compared to last year where 4,042 criminal cases of GBV were reported while 900 were non-criminal.
He has since called on police officers who he described as the first respondents in such matters to ensure that such complaints by both female and male victims are taken seriously.
Mr Kajoba was speaking during the launch of the 13th Basadi Operation which was done simultaneously with other SARPCCO member States.
“It is sad that the country continues to record the rising cases of GBV reports in the country as evidenced by the 2022 Third Quarter report in which 8,790 reports comprising 6,303 criminal and 2,487 non-criminal reports were recorded countrywide as compared to 4,042 criminal and 900 non-criminal reports recorded during the Third Quarter of 2021,” he said.
He said the need to collect gender disaggregated data that is accurate , timely and is crucial to ensuring gender sensitive responses for victims of GBV.
Mr Kajoba called on Police officers who he described as first responders to ensure that GBV complaints made by women and men are taken seriously and that all victims receive appropriate support at the Front Desk as they navigate the often complex justice system.
“It is important that there should be clear unbiased communication between the victim and Police officers.Reporting GBV cases can be extremely upsetting for victims. It takes a lot of courage to make the initial decision to report a GBV complaint,” he said.
Mr Kajoba further called on Police officers and all stakeholders to enhance anti GBV sensitization programmes through all available avenues.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022)