2)—Former KTZ workers ‘ benefits still pending

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Former KTZ workers ‘ benefits still pending

Kafue, March 20, 2013,ZANIS————Former Kafue Textiles of Zambia

(KTZ) workers have appealed to government to intervene in their

claim for 50 percent of their terminal benefits which have not been paid for the

past eight years.


This is according to a letter addressed to the Vice President Dr Guy Scot dated

16 March 2013 and signed by former Union Chairman for KTZ workers

Wilmore Buumba and Wellington Mwape and made available to ZANIS in

Kafue today.


The former KTZ workers are appealing to government to

help them get their remaining 50 percent terminal benefits and other service

bonuses which were not paid  by the previous government.


The former KTZ workers stated that they were forced to accept the 50 percent

terminal benefits by the previous government because the state  threatened to

give the money to Maamba collieries if they had refused  to sign the memorandum of understanding.


The former KTZ workers claimed that former President Rupiah Banda duped

them when he announced  during a campaign rally at Matanda

Stadium in Kafue  that government through the Ministry of

Finance was preparing retirement packages for former KTZ workers.


And former KTZ workers spokesperson Borniface Mhango  wondered how

former President Rupiah Banda went to South Africa to complain to the

Commonwealth over his alleged violation of human rights when he too

did the same to the KTZ retirees by forcing them to sign the memorandum

of understanding .


Mr. Mhango accused Mr Banda and other opposition political party

leaders of having supported the MMD when it was violating people’s

rights through selling of companies to investors.