WARDERS ASSIST BROKE GOVT TO FOOT ELECTRICITY BILLS
…we are setting precedence and allowing this to happen is tantamount to withdrawing the benefits and no one will ever challenge the leadership on retaining the electricity allocation as victimisation follows those who dare challenge the department
His Majesty’s Correctional Services officers are complaining of being double charged for electricity that has slowly been consuming their earnings as officers.
Officers claim they are forced to buy electricity units to ensure they have light and electronic gadgets are working in their houses.
They alleged that last month they started getting visitations by senior officers from their headquarters pleading with them to assist broke government by paying for their electricity units.
They alleged that they were told to assist with payment of electricity units until December as the situation was not good on the government coffers.
However, officers said their superiors never mentioned anything about the money being deducted by government from their salaries as contribution to the subsidised electricity plan.
The officers disclosed that the state of the economy was clearly indicating challenges but they did not want the department to take advantage of them in forcing them to withdraw their benefits they get from government.
“We know we are setting a precedence and by allowing this to happen is tantamount to withdrawing the benefits accruing to us and no one will ever challenge the leadership to normalise things,” adds an officer within the department.
Officers disclosed their disappointment on such issues that should have been communicated to their staff association.
Officers said tactical dismantling of the correctional staff association had resulted in many issues touching on junior officers not getting addressed.
Officers further decried the manner in which superiors were tackling issues of their welfare and urged them to refrain from imposing themselves on issues that need junior officers and the correctional staff association.
“Give a chance to the staff association to deal with issues of officers as a body that is capable of dealing with welfare issues than the issuing of orders as it is always favourable to the senior officers,” adds another officer.