-* Most Council workers across the country have not been paid for five months and that is the response from the government
Local Government Minister Charles Banda says it is not the responsibility of the PF government to pay council workers.
Minister Banda was at pains trying to explain that councils are supposed to raise funds for salaries for their workers while the ministry only complements their efforts by providing an equalization fund for capital projects.
He was Speaking at a joint media briefing with PF Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya, Religious Minister Godfridah Sumaili and Tourism Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga. Minister Banda said it therefore wrong for Zambians to think that the government through the ministry is responsible for payment of salaries to councils.
He said councils should learn to raise revenue for their operations, service delivery and salaries among others.
“The problem we have is that some councils lack initiative to engage in income generating activities and their failure to collect revenue in form of levies,” he said.