SCU STAFF SALARIES NOT PAID
Workers find E0.00 in bank accounts for their September salaries Founder Pastor Kim leaves in haste for medical check-up
Swaziland Christian University (SCU) employees were shocked to discover that they have not been paid for September. The employees are still coming to terms with the discovery after being met with bank balances reflecting E0.00. They shared their sentiments during a staff meeting last Friday.
SCU employees were supposed to get paid starting from last Monday but instead of getting cash they received a memorandum informing them about a delay in their salaries.
There was no definite date given on which the salaries would be paid.
This has frustrated lot of the employees as they had hopes of getting paid despite the institution’s closure and besides, they claim nothing was communicated to them earlier on about not receiving salaries.
This act by t he medical institution has left many employees confused on how t hey are supposed to pay their bills.
In an attempt to map a way forward, t he staff members t hen approached the management and were t ol d t hat SCU under its account had no cash.
The information was not in a way disputed by the staff members as some are in accounts department at the institution, so t hey knew about the financial crisis. After seeing that SCU really did not have any penny in t he account, the staff members went on some deep investigations which revealed that there was a Foundation called Sisekelo which was linked to the university.
The starving staff members’ investigations further revealed that in the memorandum of agreement with government signed on December 17, 2012 it was written that funding for all recurrent and investment needs were to be provided by the Africa Continent Mission (ACM). SCU is under ACM.
“The institution will only be able to pay your salaries once government has paid its subvention,” ACM’s Swaziland’s Chairman, Philemon Mgabhi told the irate employees.
Government contributes to the institution’s cash flow through payment of tuition fees.
Government has been giving scholarship to students pursuing their studies in that medical university since it started its operations.
During Friday’s meeting, some of those in management confirmed that indeed SCU currently had no money in its account.