Does the Social Security Housing Finance Managing Director Muhammed Manjang have the constitutional powers to send his workers on vacation when their vacation is not due? Some SSHFC staffers have been forced to take their yearly leave. Some were even forced to take their 2021 leave. We are in the year 2020. Some of the workers couldn’t understand why Manjang is asking them to take their 2021 vacation.
It appears that there is no leadership in The Gambia. Barrow is not a functional President. It is because of Barrow’s ineptness as a President, that the likes of Manjang are arbitrarily operating without due process.
As it is often said “tomorrow is never promised” does Manjang knows if he is going to still work at the SSHFC in the year 2021? Forcing workers to take vacation for the year 2020/2021 is legally wrong. Annual leave should be taken when it is due.
Manjang doesn’t want to accept that there is a state of emergency in The Gambia with the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus. Workers should stay at home until the virus’s infection rate is put under control. Such workers should be paid while away from work. It is not their fault to be away from work. The pandemic is forcing nations to shut down.
Manjang is apparently trying to per-empt the inevitable upcoming government shut down by forcing his workers to go on vacation. SSHFC workers shouldn’t accept to be enslaved by Manjang. Manjang’s decision amounts to modern day slavery. He doesn’t want his workers to enjoy free salary without going to work as obtained around the world because of the Coronavirus—COVID-19 pandemic.
Once again, Gambians should blame the dysfunctional President Adama Barrow for Manjang’s power abuses and excesses. This country deserves better.
Barrow has rendered the Presidency into a laughingstock. Every foolish MD wants to make the appearance that he is a President—thanks to Barrow’s incompetence.