More government departments not funded, no salaries

More government departments not funded, no salaries


By Radio Phoenix

Workers at six other government owned institutions have gone unpaid for more than two months in what seems to be a financial crisis that has hit the government.

Among the affected institutions include, the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, The Tropical Disease Research Centre, the National Museum Board, the National Heritage Conservation Commission and Zambia flying Doctors Service.

Confirming the development to Phoenix News in an interview University of Zambia and Allied Workers Union president Gasi Giancarlo said this development has demotivated the affected workers.

Mr. Giancarlo is disappointed that despite government being aware that workers in these institutions have no other means of income apart from their salaries, those in charge have not come out to assure the workers that the situation will normalize anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Two local Civil Society Organizations have challenged government to provide direction on the current delayed payment of salaries to workers at the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University.

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) president Andrew Ntewewe says instead of keeping quiet, Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo should address the challenges being experienced at higher learning institutions by explaining the measures her ministry is taking to correct the situation.

And Human Rights Commission Spokesperson Mwelwa Muleya says the delayed payment of salaries for civil servants is deprivation of the right to education for the affected employees as they will be unable to participate effectively in their duties.

Recently, The Ministry of Finance announced that it has released a K39 million grant to go towards Lecturers salaries and tuition fees for students at UNZA.

Source: Phoenix FM News

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