By Tinkerbel Mwila
Copperbelt Province local authorities are spending a total gross wage bill amounting to over K31 million on a monthly basis.
Copperbelt Provincial Local Government Officer Emmanuel Banda who had revealed this development says Kitwe has the highest wage bill at K6.8 million monthly while Lufwanyama has the lowest at K639, 000.
And Mr. Banda notes that 8 out of the 10 councils on the Copperbelt are up to date with salaries and wages except from Masaiti which has not paid February salaries and Luanshya which is behind by two weeks.
He has disclosed that councils on the Copperbelt are still facing challenges of increased debt burden due to statutory obligations such as the Zambia Revenue Authority –ZRA-and National Pension Scheme Authority –NAPSA-.
Mr. Banda said this in Ndola today during a meeting with Local Government Permanent Secretary Mathew Ngulube, Local Government Service Commission Secretary Lazarus Mulenda, Copperbelt town clerks and council secretaries.
Meanwhile, Local Government Permanent Secretary Mathew Ngulube has directed all local authorities in the province to submit detailed reports of their operations and the challenges they are facing.
He has also appealed to local authorities to work on the negative public outlook citing the Auditor General’s report which had a number of local authorities cited for audit queries that had come from poor or non-effective supervision.
Speaking earlier, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe disclosed that there is still a section of people in some local authorities who are illegally allocating land in the province.
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