VEEP clears air on new constitution

Vice President INONGE WINA-

Vice President Inonge Wina has dismissed assertions that government is barring the labour movement from participating in the debate on the enactment of the new constitution.

Ms Wina says government has never advised labour leaders against participating or talking about the constitution making process.


She says the constitution making process is an open process and everyone is free to participate.

The Vice President was speaking when she officiated at the Labour Day celebrations in Ndola.

Mss Wina also says government has been discussing with employers with a view to ending casualisation.


She says government wants to provide decent jobs and will do everything possible to end casualisation.

Ms Wina also says government is addressing the late payment of retirees in the country.

And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions National Trustee Henry Kapenda urged the government to expedite labour reforms.


Mr Kapenda says some workers are being mistreated because some laws are yet to be repealed.

Meanwhile, Local Government Minister John Phiri is disappointed that no farm workers participated in this year Labour Day celebrations in Choma, despite the economy of the Southern province Capital being predominantly agriculture.

Dr Phiri says it will have been ideal for farm workers to march alongside other workers from the formal sector to underscore the importance of agriculture as a vital economic sector for the nation.

He says Labour Day was an important occasion for all categories of workers who contribute to the country’s economic growth.


Dr Phiri was speaking when he officiated at provincial celebrations to mark this year’s Labour Day celebrations held at the Choma stadium.

And Zambia Federation of Employers praised Government for listening to the concerns of the stakeholders in trying to safeguard the available jobs.

In a speech read on behalf of the Federation, Southern Water and Sewerage Company Acting Managing Director, Liversage Mulinda says government has upheld the spirit of dialogue among stakeholders in fostering economic growth and job creation.