The National Society for Public Service Pensioners, Retirees and Retrenches of Zambia (PUSERREZA) has endorsed the proposed salary and allowances increment for cabinet ministers and constitutional office holders.
PUSERREZA National President, Charles Mushabati said the Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) deserve decent salaries and allowances adding that the cost of living has also gone up.
He said the increment will motivate the beneficiaries to perform their work with more dedication and commitment adding that this will improve service delivery in the country.
Mr. Mushabati however expressed concern that the proposed increases were far above the reported 15 percent increment.
He said the disparity in salaries will be abnormally wide if the increases are approved by parliament.
“The reported existing salaries for permanent secretaries is at K8, 445, 445, 00 per month while the proposed one is K24, 545, 445, 00, while our humble calculation at 15 percent gives us K9, 712, 2274, 00,” Mr. Mushabati said.
Mr. Mushabati noted that the salary gap between civil servants, MPs and senior government officials will be further widened.
He said there is need for government to extend the salary increments to other government officers and pensioners in order to improve their living conditions.
Mr. Mushabati noted that the current K40, 000 and K150, 000 monthly annuities for pensioners and retrenches was too little to sustain their livelihood adding that the current cost of goods and services is too high.
He noted that most of the pensioners are living in abject poverty adding that government needs to increase their monthly salaries to at least up to K1, 000,000.