Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) President Edith Nawakwi says Acting President Guy Scott has limited authority in the execution of his job and that he should be concentrating on issues related to the elections of the next president.
And Ms. Nawakwi says the move by Dr. Scott to sign the Statutory Instrument to increase the retirement age from 55 years to 65years presupposes that young people are not graduating to take up positions being left by those retiring.
Speaking in an interview the opposition leader said she expected the Acting President to concentrate on transitional issues and resolving the problems in his party as opposed to him being preoccupied with signing SIs when he has limited authority as an Acting President.
Ms. Nawakwi said it is illogical for Government to increase the retirement age when more than half of the country’s population is below the age of 35 adding that the idea is best suited for countries such as Japan which has more old people than young ones.
And in a statement released by party Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza, the FDD says it will repeal the Statutory Instrument recently signed by Acting President Guy Scott once voted into office.
Mr. Mwanza said the move by the PF government to increase retirement age is irrational as it does not put into consideration the social and economic realities obtaining in the country’s labour industry.
He said it beats common sense to put 65 years as retirement age when life expectancy in the country is 48years adding that there is need to allow for fresh ideas and innovation from young people something he observes can only happen if young people are infused into the labour system.
Mr. Mwanza further observed that workers through their respective unions rejected the proposal to increase retirement age hence effectively making the move a unilateral decision made without regard of the workers who deserve to be given an opportunity to retire while they still have the energy to enjoy their benefits.
He also said the move is meant to defer the responsibility of Government of paying retirees as it has no money to them.
Mr. Mwanza has since advised the PF Government to be more inclusive before making major changes saying “good governance requires inclusiveness therefore unilateral decision must be avoided as much as possible.”