Separatees commend govt. for releasing KR15,000 for their payment

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The Voluntary Separatees Association of Zambia (VSAZ) has commended government for agreeing to release KR 15, 000 as payment to 3, 523 former civil servants who went on voluntary separation in 1999.

VSAZ General Secretary Syachoke Simemeza explained that government has since constituted a team of experts to work closely with lawyers representing the separatees in ascertaining the correct figures and determining how much is owed to them.

Mr. Simemeza disclosed this in a press statement released to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

“We want to commend the Patriotic Front (PF) government for demonstrating political will and commitment in paying our packages for all of us the 3, 523 ex- civil servants who went on voluntary separation scheme of 1999: That government has agreed to release KR 15, 000 the usual funding for May, 2013,” he said.

He has since appealed to the general membership to exercise patience and give the government and association ample time to do a forensic audit so that each member gets the rightful figures.

“Our appeal to our general membership is to exercise patience and give us time within this month of May and the government to finish the forensic audit going on and the calculation of the rightful figures,” he added.

He further advised the general membership to be wary of unscrupulous people that may want to swindle them out of their money.

Mr. Simemeza further advised members not to release their personal documents to unauthorized persons that may be purporting to represent the association.

“Further, no one should release any personal documents to any other person in any way they may come to you individual members. This matter is a court matter and assessments were done in court and the consent order is already in force and the government is executing it,” he concluded.