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Civil servants salary increments is within the Austerity Measure boundaries -Msiska

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Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska and his Deputy Patrick Kasonde at the 2017 Labour Day Celebration at Freedom Statue yesterday 01-05-2017. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
FILE: Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska and his Deputy Patrick Kasonde at the 2017 Labour Day Celebration at Freedom Statue yesterday 01-05-2017. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has justified government’s decision to award civil servants salary increments amidst austerity measures.

Dr. Msiska said that there are perimeters which the Ministry of Finance has set for increasing salaries for civil servants while austerity measures are being implemented.

In an exclusive interview with QTV News, Dr. Msiska said that for as long as these parameters are not blown, any pay rise which government makes will still remain within the austerity measures.

Dr. Msiska said that this entailed balancing the Price Elasticity of Supply (PESs) against the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the revenues the Country is able to generate.

Asked whether President Edgar Lungu had accepted to have a pay rise amidst austerity measures, Dr. Msiska said that President cannot be deprived of his accrued rights without changing the law, adding that the conditions of service for the President are enshrined in the President’s Benefits Act.

Dr. Msiska said that this meant that not until this Act and other subsidiary laws are changed the condition of service for the President will remain the same and government will ensure that what is written is provided for.

Dr. Msiska however, stated that it is the desire of President Lungu to have such laws changed and has since directed that they be relooked at.

Dr. Msiska said that to this effect 14 laws are being amended and that once these laws go through internal legislative processes and through Cabinet, the nation will hear about them.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Msiska are you setting a stage for increasing your salary which, you were crying the it has not been increased for years. Ha ha. I got you Roland!

  2. This sounds like> We are in Govt to Eat. If you still take long to change those archaic laws that makes us eat we will continue to eat Big time,thats why we even Built R.B a house because the Law still havent changed. So you better move fast before the written laws makes us rich,richer & richest.

    • No, no, no these guys are not in government to eat, they are there to steal and steal big. Some of them like Lungu had specialist training , after stealing from the unsuspecting widow, while others just develop the habit unconsciously and their expertise develop in due course. They then become habitual thieves!

  3. Unfortunately, the government Is not very active in helping facilitating exploiting the natural resources to broaden the tax base. But good at increasing taxes of limited resources:existing companies, farms, banking, renters etc. It cannot continue squeezing peoples effort to sustain themselves. Example, the government and councils have failed to provide water continuously, but the nationals who make bowholes are being taxed for the initiative they take.

  4. Merry Xmas. Remember to redistribute some of your riches to the poor, or getting your camel through that needle’s eye will be impossible as Christ taught!

  5. While others not getting paid for months, others are getting pay raises and all expenses paid for, amist growing taxation, poverty and hardships of the general population…..

    this is a very skewed GRZ….lungu obviously thinks he is doing a good job to award himself and his people a pay raise…..

  6. The usual salary increments of 1% of the K1,200 gross salary. This just gives one a salary increment of K1.20. And thats what this disaster man is talking about.
    Now look at themselves including him a Salary increment of a double from K25,000 to well over K50,000 and for them this is fair. God is great!!!!!! One day !!!!
    What a disaster!!!!

  7. Because of austerity measures the president only increased his salary by 100% and only backdated it to January 2018. Otherwise it would have been a 500% increment backdated to the date he first took office as president. Is that what you are saying msiska?

  8. You are the arresting officer, the jury and the judge. The you come to us with that crap. Hold your peace you selfish characters.

  9. BA MSISKA,

    PLEASE USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF COUNCIL AND ZAMPOST WORKERS WHO HAVE GONE WITHOUT PAY FOR MONTHS AND MIGHT GO INTO CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR WITH NOTHING FOR THEIR FAMILIES.

    WHY NOT ADVANCE THIS MONEY TO THEM AND DEFER INCREMENTS OF CIVIL SERVANTS SALARIES TO NEXT YEAR?

    • Common sense is not that common, man. Use this Christmas to share you common sense with some of these people devoid of it.

  10. It is very normal to increase salaries every year. There’s no item in any shop that remains at the same price for one year

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