UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says his party will reduce the retirement age from 65 years to 55 once elected in to office.
Mr Hichilema said the people of Zambia have all agreed that the retirement age should be at 55 years and that his party will do exactly that because people would be too tired to run their own business if they wished to do so after their retirement if it remains at 65.
He added that his party will not only reduce the retirement age but that his government will also pay retirees their benefits in time and avoid what has been the norm of retirees dying before getting their packages.
“UPND will reduce the retirement age to 55 that’s what Zambians want, that’s the unions want, that’s what citizens want, you don’t want to retire somebody when they are 65 they are tired. You want to retire somebody when they are 55 so that they can switch from employment to running a business, they will still have energy then we will support them. Give us your vote then we will take this retirement age from 65 to 55, it is commonly agreed in our country.
“When people retire we will pay them their retirement package on time, we will plan and pay them on time these days somebody retires they die before they get their retirement benefits we want to match the two, retirement age and then paying them their benefits,” he said.