The workers claim that they have tried to meet with their mayor with a view to establishing why their re-muneration has been stopped but have met with a brick wall; that they have sought the intervention of the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, Governor, Territorial Administration and Decentralization, MINATD, Minister and Labour authorities to no avail. Consequently, Monono Hans Manga and three others have opted for unorthodox means of getting their employer to settle what amounts to several years of salaries accruing to them.
The threesome announced a hunger strike that was supposed to have kicked off on Thursday, May 18. Monono approached The Rambler with a story that is pathetic, yet, symptomatic of abuse of office, witch-hunting and insubordination. Hear Monono: “He (Rene Emmanuel Sadi) assigned my file to the ministry. Barrister Tambe Tiku, the Human Rights watch dog also wrote to the Mayor. I discovered that, in the process, certain things had happened. In the Council, there is a special fund to fight antagonists; so some money was given to a director and our files were diverted. Barrister Tambe Tiku is a witness. So the instructions from the ministry to the SDO were diverted along the line…”
Meanwhile, as at Monday afternoon, Monono was nowhere near where he swore they would be holding their “hunger strike sit ins.” Rather we trailed him all over town, including Clerks Quarters where he spent quite some time hobnobbing with friends.