A Kitwe based freedom fighter has appealed to the Republican President Edgar Lungu to help revisit the outstanding pensions and gratuities owed to freedom fighters.
In a statement made available to ZANIS in Kitwe, Jonas Kapenda appealed to the Government to consider settling the outstanding arrears it owed them from time the United National Independent Party (UNIP) was in power.
Mr Kapenda said most of the freedom fighters worked in the UNIP administration and had not received their pension, gratuities, and have since asked Government to revisit their packages.
Mr Kapenda explained that their gratuities and pension were canceled by the Movement for Multiple party Democracy (MMD) regime in 1991 when they came to power.
“As we celebrate our 53rd independence anniversary, I would like to call on President Edgar Lungu and his Government to revisit the outstanding pension and gratuities that the nation owes the former fighters.
“ Most of them who worked under UNIP administration had started contributing to the special pension scheme which the MMD regime canceled in 1991 when they got into power,” he said.
He observed that President Lungu had exhibited good leadership and hoped that he would help free the state from carrying on debt that the state incurred a long time ago.
He added that the settlement of debt would contribute towards the national reconciliation peace and unity.