According to the government secular of 25th November 2014 signed by Secretary to Cabinet Rowland Msiska and obtained by the Zambian Watchdog, an army of unemployed youths will now have to wait until their grand fathers and mothers retire at 65 years for them to create room for youths.
Sources from the PF government say the government has no money to pay retirees due to unplanned projects and would not like to defer a bigger problem for the future.
“This policy will greatly affect the young people as there will be no job openings in the near future as people will be expected to work even when they are tired. Others argue that such policies rob government of the much-needed energy in the system.
So far opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said vowed to reverse the decision once elected next year because the life expectancy rate in Zambia is now 40 years and sees no need to deny the youths jobs.
The UPND leader said during a press briefing recently that only key personnel will be offered contracts above 55 years and that will be after being paid their retirement benefits.