The PF government is panicking to look for money to pay over 200 Livingstone retirees who have not been paid their dues and are planning to stage a protest during the UNWTO general assembly coming next month.
The PF, among some of its failed campaign promises promised to pay the retirees but have failed to do so making retirees to run out of patience and demanded that they be paid their dues.
A reliable source at cabinet office has told the watchdog that the tourism ministry is trying to persuade Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda to pay some amount to cool down the retirees but government treasury is already overdrawn due to PF induced by-elections and ailing dictator Michael Sata’s bloated cabinet.
“The strategy to ask Mr. Shamenda (labour minister) to go and talk to the retirees seems to have flopped and his report indicates that the retirees want nothing short of their dues hence the tourism ministry’s continued pressure on the finance minister, otherwise the protest will embarass the nation,” said the source who sought anonymity for fear of victimisation.
The PF government’s wreckless management of the nation’s economy has led to negligence of vital basic social services and total collapse of the economy leading to desperate moves like removal of maize and fuel subsidies which tentatively has sparked protests from university and college students.
Students from the country’s three public universities, the university of Zambia, Copperbely university and Mulungushi university staged protests at different intervals in the recent past as well as Kabwe institute of technology and recently Evelyn Hone college which the government has also indefinitely closed following the protests which rocked the institution in the early hours of today.