The Zambia Local Authorities Retirees and Pensioners Association (ZALARPA) has described as unfair government’s decision to pay some of the retired local government employees’ benefits in instalments.
ZALARPA National Secretary Sellah Sakayi said it is difficult for her members to fully utilise their benefits in instalments saying this disrupts the budget.
Mrs Sakayi told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka yesterday that her members have since remained vulnerable due to lack of adequate resources to sustain their living.
She said despite earlier attempts by organization to petition government and other stakeholders to address their plight, nothing tangible seems to be coming out.
She has since called on the Minister of Local Government and Housing Emerine Kabanshi to seriously respond to their needs adding that many members have since died without laying a hand on their worked for benefits.
Mrs Sakayi however said her association has a lot of confidence that the Patriotic Front government will seriously look into their plight with the seriousness it deserves.
By press-time, Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi could not be reached for a comment over the matter as her mobile phone was off.
ZALARPA is an official registered non political organisation formed in 2011 with the aim of addressing the plight of all local authorities’ pensioners and retirees in the country.