Lungu wants all re­tirees paid, says Mu­tati

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By OS­CAR MALIPENGA

PAR­LIA­MENT heard that Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu wants all re­tirees paid their ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits and there­fore directed the min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mr Felix Mu­tati to dis­man­tle ar­rears owed to all for­mer gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

Mr Mu­tati told the House that Pres­i­dent Lungu had directed that all re­tirees be paid their ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits be­cause of their great con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tion.

He said the de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Lungu to dis­man­tle pen­sion ar­rears would de­fine his legacy re­gard­ing his com­mit­ment for the wel­fare of re­tirees.

Mr Mu­tati was con­tribut­ing to a no­tice of mo­tion moved by Maz­abuka Cen­tral UPND mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Gary Nkombo who urged the gov­ern­ment to ex­pe­dite pay­ment of ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits to all for­mer gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees which was sec­onded by Mr Kamb­wili.

Af­ter a hot de­bate, a di­vi­sion was called sub­ject­ing the mo­tion to a vote which saw 83 vot­ing against the mo­tion while 57 voted in favour of the mo­tion.

Mov­ing the mo­tion, Mr Nkombo said for­mer gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees who re­tired prior to 2016 were now des­ti­tutes who can­not af­ford a de­cent liv­ing.

Roan Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Chishimba Kamb­wili said for­mer gov­ern­ment work­ers were cur­rently suf­fer­ing in their ef­forts to get their ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits de­spite some of them hav­ing sued the gov­ern­ment and won the cases.

Both Mr Nkombo and Mr Kamb­wili through Par­lia­ment urged the gov­ern­ment to ex­pe­dite the pay­ment of ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits to all for­mer Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees who re­tired prior to Jan­uary 5, 2016.

Mean­while, Home Af­fairs min­is­ter Stephen Kampy­ongo said if there was any gov­ern­ment that had done well in tak­ing care of the re­tirees, it was the PF gov­ern­ment.

And leader of the op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment Jack Mwi­imbu said the mo­tion went to the core of the con­science of very MP be­cause each con­stituency had a re­tiree who had be­come a des­ti­tute.

Mr Mu­tati

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