President Rupiah Banda has ordered the ministry of health not to pay nurses last month’ salaries.
And President Banda has maintained that the opposition will not dislodge the MMD from power.
Mr. Banda says the opposition has no capacity to defeat the MMD in the next election.
He was speaking when he arrived in Ndola on Saturday
for this year’s International Trade Fair, which will be officially opened by his Tanzanian Counterpart, Jakaya Kikwete.
And MMD Coperbelt Chairman, Joseph Chilambwe, said the party is pleased with the performance and conduct of Mr. Banda since his election.
President Banda said that although no nurse will lose their job for going strike, all of them will not be paid.
He said he has forgiven the nurses for going on what he called an illegal strike.
He said he would be sad to see any person in Zambia lose their job.
He however said that to pay the nurses for the 37 days they were on strike will be to encourage more strikes.
He said that if the nurses are not happy with the directive to forfeit salaries, then can resign.