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Katima council sheds 40
October 1, 2004

FORTY employees of the Katima Mulilo Town Council were retrenched yesterday, in line with a protracted restructuring exercise which is still continuing.

Employees were paid a year's salary and leave pay as compensation.

They will still have to wait a few weeks before receiving their pension payout.

"We are going, but it's not our will.

The council forced us to go because of poor management and administration," said one employee who leaves the council after more than 10 years of service.

Sources close to the council say the exercise cost the embattled council in the region of N$1 million - a bill which has apparently been footed by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing.

At least another 12 people, mostly cleaning staff, who did not qualify for new positions in terms of the new structure, are expected to be employed at constituency offices of the Caprivi Regional Council.

The restructuring exercise will leave the council with a staff of just more than 60.

Interviews have also begun to employ seven new senior staff including a Finance Manager, Infrastructure and Town Planning Manager, Head of Community Service and Public Health and Head of Town Planning and Technical Services.


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