The broke PF government has failed to secure the K27m pay packages being demanded by railway workers, but has promised to pay the workers in bits after securing another loan.
During an over five hour meeting between officials from ministries of finance and transport and Railway Workers’ Union of Zambia leaders, transport deputy minister Richwell Siamunene disclosed that the government does not have that kind of money but will be committed to paying it hopefully from some other loans.
“From the minutes of the meeting, the minister has opened up that government doesn’t have the money to pay the workers. But there has been a commitment to pay them when other monies are sourced, as you are aware government is trying to borrow some more money,” said a source from Siamunene’s office.
And a State house source says when Lungu was informed about the strike and the urgency it requires, he replied that it was not his responsibility to look for the striking workers’ money. This is the second time within a month that Lungu has refused to be held responsible for a national problem.
Early this month he told journalists that it was not his job to resolve the problems of striking lecturers at UNZA and Mulungushi University.