Govt cas­ti­gates ly­ing so­cial me­dia

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By Na­tion Re­porter

IT IS fake news that funds have been re­leased to pay gov­ern­ment work­ers who were in em­ploy­ment be­tween 1990 and 2018, Labour Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Barn­aby Mu­lenga has clar­i­fied.

Mr Mu­lenga said that in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia that work­ers who had served gov­ern­ment for 28 years would be en­ti­tled to a bonus of K26, 000 from the depart­ment of labour was false and ad­vised the pub­lic to ig­nore it.

“Please be in­formed that the Depart­ment of Labour is man­dated to me­di­ate and set­tle dis­putes be­tween an em­ployer and em­ployee and it’s from the out­come of the dis­pute res­o­lu­tion where an em­ployer is found want­ing that he or she will be re­quired to pay the em­ployee through the depart­ment of labour,” he said.

Speak­ing dur­ing a me­dia briefing, Mr Mu­lenga said it was im­per­a­tive to note that the depart­ment did not keep money re­lat­ing to em­ploy­ment of any per­sons.

And Labour Com­mis­sioner Chanda Kaziya ad­vised mem­bers of pub­lic to re­port labour re­lated mat­ters to the depart­ment.

He said the com­mis­sioner did not only deal with mat­ters that have been re­ported but also those that may come through other medi­ums.

Mr Kaziya ob­served that many peo­ple la­bel labour of­fi­cers as be­ing cor­rupt be­cause most em­ploy­ees wanted the com­mis­sion to rule in their favour.

He said that the labour of­fice did not pass judgement based on one side but en­sured it heard both sides of par­ties in a labour dis­pute.

“If we rule against the em­ployee we are al­ways la­belled as cor­rupt, some­times it’s not al­ways that the em­ployer is in the wrong, ” he said.

In­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia that work­ers who had served gov­ern­ment for 28 years would be en­ti­tled to a bonus of K26, 000 from the depart­ment of labour was false and ad­vised the pub­lic to com­pletely ig­nore it.

— Mr Mu­lenga.

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