-Over 173 retirees in the Ministry of Education in Muchinga Province have been paid their dues in the last few months.
Both Muchinga Education Officer (PEO) Jobbicks Kalumba, and Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) Provincial Secretary, Nondo Kasanda, have confirmed the development in separate interviews with ZANIS.
Mr Kasanda said last month the office of the PEO received about K100, 000 to pay off retirees in Muchinga to clear more retired teachers who have been on a pending list.
He said that using the same funds, over 150 retired teachers were paid their terminal benefits.
He said before, retirees used to queue for their terminal benefits adding, that queues are a thing of the past now at the PEOs office because of the good work culture.
The Provincial Secretary added that the good working culture has made the teachers’ union in the province to be happy especially with the usage of public funds.
He said the union in the province is happy with the way funds are being utilized in a transparent and accountable manner.
Mr Nondo added that it is through the same culture that has seen the 150 retirees getting their benefits in a short time.
And the PEO, Mr Kalumba, said a total of 173 retired teachers have been paid their dues from the time Muchinga Province was created.
Mr Kalumba said it is his policy that no file of a retired teacher should pend at his office, adding that so far there are only 5 files of retired teachers waiting to be taken to Lusaka.
He said he knows that even him one day is going to retire and this is why he does not want retired teachers who had contributed so much to have problems in getting their retired packages.
"I will also retire one day so I do not want to come and suffer when that time comes. This is why I and my staff are committed to deal promptly with regards to retirement cases at the office,” he said.