Pensioners want subsidies back

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The Zambia Local Authorities Retirees and Pensioners Association (ZALARPA) has joined calls by some sections of society urging government to immediately retain the subsidies on fuel and maize which government has removed.


ZALARPA President Mathew Nyakalale says the Association which comprises 8,000 pensioners will be negatively affected by the removal of the two subsidies.


Mr. Nyakalale says the removal of the subsidies has affected them because of non-payment of their terminal benefits coupled  with the current high cost of essential commodities like mealie meal and the increase in bus fares.


Mr. Nyakalale said this in a press stamen released to ZANIS in Lusaka on Wednesday.


“The removal of fuel and maize subsidies has left retirees devastated. We urge the PF government to avoid making the same mistakes which were made by MMD,” he said.



He said urged the Government to avoid making mistakes which cost the previous MMD government to lose power because president Rupiah Banda never listened to the people of Zambia who put him in Office.


The ZALARPA President demanded that Government pays them their pension and live up to its 2011 campaign promises.


President Michael Sata has directed Ministers and their deputies to go round the country and explain the benefits of the subsidy removals aimed at diverting money to developmental projects.