The Tourism Council of Zambia (TCZ) has condemned the planned protest by a group of 200 retirees in Livingstone over unpaid their retirement benefits during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly next month.
TCZ Chairperson Felix Mulenga observed that should the planned protest go ahead, Zambia risks losing out on the benefits of co-hosting the UNWTO conference.
In an interview with ZANIS today, Mr. Mulenga said the country has invested a lot of time and money in building the country’s reputation ahead of the conference adding that it would be unfair for all the hard work to be made unfruitful because of a single disagreement.
He said the conference was an opportunity to market the country hence the need to avoid anything that will paint a negative image to the delegates.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Local Authority Retirees and Pensioners Association (ZALARPA) said government should in future learn from such mistakes and ensure that retirees are paid on time.
ZALARPA National Secretary Sarah Sakayi told ZANIS in a separate interview today that aggrieved retirees are not seeking to embarrass the country in any way during the UNWTO conference.
Ms. Sakayi said retirees’ plight has forced them to consider protesting.
She noted that the period 1998 to 2013 was a long during which retirees should have received their dues.
She urged government to seek audience with the aggrieved retirees and agree before the UNWTO conference in August.
Recently, government uncovered a plan where 200 retirees in Livingstone, who have not been paid their dues since 1998, are planning to protest against government during next month’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.