PF guilty of failing workers – Nalumango – The Mast Online
VICE PRESIDENT Mutale Nalumango says the PF administration is guilty of failing officials.
During Deputy Speaker’s Question Time in Parliament on Friday, MP Shiwang’andu PF Stephen Kampyongo, former interior minister, asked if the government had suspended the debt swap in order to favor certain financial institutions.
The program was introduced by the PF government a few weeks before the August 12 presidential and general elections, which it lost.
Kampyongo also wanted to know if the government was still dealing with civil servants.
“The debt swap is exactly as they say. Civil servants to whom the government owed money by settling in [in] indemnities, days off, some of which went into additional debts with financial institutions such as Bayport and Madison Finance… ”said Kampyongo. “East [it] the interest of your government, Madam Vice-President, to protect these financial institutions which made our officials pay dearly [interest] rate, and we know that some members of your government are interested in some of these institutions? Or are you going to save those overworked officials so they can breathe a little bit? “
In response, Vice President Nalumango stated bluntly: “We are extremely interested [in the welfare of civil servants] and we take care of them. However, the debt swap has many angels. That if we take a serious look at it, we can see that the previous government was guilty of letting workers down. “
Vice President Nalumango further explained that the previous government did not pay money that it deducted from officials on behalf of financial institutions, hence the debt of workers.
“Part of the debt swap, as the honorable member said, was negotiated for three years. The debt with which officials are apparently in debt is due to the failure of the same government that wanted to pretend to take care of them, ”she explained as Kampyongo smiled and blushed. “By their inability to remit what was deducted from workers… The government was a third party in this matter that it was supposed to remit what was deducted from workers. Now because in many cases it may not be 100 percent, the honorable one may agree with me, they may have ended up with high interest rates accumulated over the years. of time due to non-payment. Why then should the worker even be in the picture? The debt is already owed to them.
She said the debt swap was cosmetic and politically motivated.
Vice President Nalumango said the government should have helped workers by simply passing the interest accrued on loans.
“So this exchange was cosmetic in the sense that the government wanted to believe that it was the workers who were 100 percent in debt. They should have… reduced the actual debt to the government for the government to say, “yes, we know you have accrued interest, but that’s because we failed,” said Vice President Nalumabgo. “So we get all the interest because it’s our fault. But we’re not going to go back on that. That’s why we’re saying we’re going to have to look at the whole program and see to what extent [it is] talking to both. The real contract was signed between the financial institutions and the workers. The government was just halfway to deduct on behalf of the worker and then remit to the particular institution which includes the microfinance institutions. We know that very little was done in July to make this happen. This is why we say that there was a certain political inclination on the part of the people who made this decision.
Previously, Chikankata UPND MP Jacqueline Sabao also wanted to know the government’s position on the same debt swap program.
“There are conflicting stories in the public domain that the debt swap that was introduced before the elections by the PF government was suspended by the UPND government. I would like to know from Her Honor the Vice-President the position of the UPND government on the debt swap program for civil servants, ”Sabao asked.
In response, Vice President Nalumango confirmed the suspension of the program.
“It is true that there was a suspension of this program. In fact, Madam Speaker, this program came very late in the reign or reign of our colleagues from the Patriotic Front; that it looked like it wasn’t even going to work, ”said Vice President Nalumango. “If we followed what was happening, Madam President, the Bankers Association [of Zambia] themselves did not seem ready for it. And we even wonder, Madam, if something has been done. In July, the program was not made for civil servants. And it’s a very complicated thing that we put on hold as a government so that we can review this. “
Meanwhile, Kabushi PF member of parliament Bowman Lusambo wondered if President Hakainde Hichilema might be pushed to promote gay rights when he meets with US President Joe Biden later this month.
Lusambo further asked for the government’s position on gay rights.
Vice President Nalumango assured that Zambia was a Christian nation with its own laws and cultural values.
She said, however, that the government would not be prevented from speaking to any stakeholder at the international level, regardless of the values they uphold in their respective countries.