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.

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