Alfred Ndhlovu says the 7% civil servants’ salary increment for 2018 is a welcome move but wondered where Government will get the money because the national coffers are dry.
Ndhlovu who is former Transport and Communication Deputy Minister said in an interview that the challenge the Zambian government has is to find the source of money to implement the 7% salary increments for its workers.
He said government has not paid retirees for a very long time because it has no money.
“I welcome Government’s modest increment of civil servants’ salary by K200. This is good considering the economic challenges the country is facing,” Ndhlovu said, “The challenge this government however has is to find where to source the money. Where are they going to get the money to
honour the 7% salary increment for civil servants. Currently, we have a number of retirees that have not been paid their benefit because there is no money,” he said.
United Progressive People (UPP) leader Saviuor Chishimba said the 7% increment is a drop in the ocean, adding that it is a mockery to the Zambian workers who work hard to ensure that the economy is up and running.
In response, Ndhlovu said 7% increment is better than nothing.
“Everyone is looking for money. The country has many financial challenges. So I think 7% is better than 0%,” Ndhlovu said.