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THERE is a lot of pressure in the nation as people seek jobs and administrators are under pressure on who to employ, says Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia president Cosmas Mukuka.

Speaking during the 4th BETUZ Eastern Province quadrennial conference held at South Park lodge over the weekend under the theme “The labour movement in the democratic dispensation matters”, Mukuka urged union members to guard their jobs jealously because there was a job crisis in the nation where there were so many trained teachers who had not been deployed.

 

And BETUZ general secretary Jeffrey Simuntala advised members to understand that government had no money.

Eastern Province education officer Dr Allan Lingambe, who was represented by Katete district education board secretary Ruth Moyo, thanked BETUZ for collaborating with government in servicing the education sector.

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DISMISSED Zambia Army officer Godfrey Chimuka Mukombwe has sued the Attorney General in the Lusaka High Court claiming damages for unfair and wrongful discharge from the service.

In a statement of claim filed in the principal registry, Mukombwe is also claiming an order that his dismissal is null and void, reimbursement of over K135,000 on medical expenses, reinstatement in his employment, among other claims.

 

He stated that sometime in 2014, while stationed in Ndola, in the employment of Zambia Army, he suffered from epileptic episodes and was referred to the hospital at Maina Soko for treatment and diagnosis.

Mukombwe stated that due to frequent medical check-ups and travels between Ndola and Lusaka, in 2015, he was given a month leave for purposes of enabling him to adequately attend to his medical check-ups and diagnosis.

He stated that the State made representation to him that he facilitates all the medical expenses of which he would be reimbursed upon remitting all the necessary receipts to the defendant.

Mukombwe stated that he had to date not been reimbursed the K135,000.

He stated that in 2017, he suffered further epileptic episodes and on recommendation of his doctors at Ndola Central Hospital, he was given two months sick leave which was approved by the defendant on January 19, 2017 but when he reported back in March, he was instead instructed to return home and that he would be communicated to as to when to go back for work.

Munkombwe stated that on April 19, 2017, he received a letter of discharge from the Army Commander, which stated that he had been relieved of his duties as at January 20, 2017 after being declared illegally absent by a board of inquiry.

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