Lungu wants all retirees paid, says Mutati
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.