…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

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sicelo Maziya

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.

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