According to Platinum Media it has received information of a plan by grave diggers from the Kissy Road, Ascension Town, Race Course and Circular Road cemeteries to stage a public protest over the alleged refusal of the Freetown City Council to pay them over two months backlog salaries.
The grave diggers have reportedly issued an ultimatum to the Freetown City Council or things will get nastier.
It could be recalled that the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) had signed an MOU last year for the burial of Ebola victims in the respective city cemeteries. This came after the Kingtom Cemetry could no longer accommodate more burials.
Each grave digger was paid a monthly salary of Le 900,000 according to the NERC MOU. However, following Council’s refusal to pay them for the last two months, the grave diggers are suspecting that the remaining two months salaries of their one year contract have been converted by greedy officials at the FCC.
A senior official at the FCC, Zainu Parker has denied the allegation but however failed to provide a convincing explanation of how what is supposed to be a one year contract for those grave diggers suddenly fell short of two months.