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Protesting Retires at the Ministry of Justice were paid, says Dora Siliya

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Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya
Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says some retirees who are part of the group demanding payment of their terminal benefits have already been paid and were swindled by some of their lawyers.

Ms Siliya says it is not correct to say that government is doing nothing about the retirees’ situation because money has been released on several occasions to pay them.

Speaking at a media briefing, Ms Siliya said government is concerned with the status of retirees who are spending months in the cold demanding to be paid their money and will ensure that what is due to them is paid.

She however said that records are there to show that some retirees were paid through their lawyers and it is not government’s responsibility to ensure that the money is transferred to them.

Meanwhile, Ms Siliya has warned that there will be chaos in the country if politicians continue peddling lies about institutions of governance.

She said Institutions such as the Electoral Commission of Zambia have been handling elections for a long time and there is need for the people to have confidence in it.

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  1. I concur with my learned colleague. There is no need for people to demonstrate in front of offices when there is a process in place. What do they expect? Money to be dished out to them? Money to be thrown on them like it’s a strip club? There is need for the correct process to be followed to avoid people making fraudulent claims. Let us be realistic. Kz

    • Quote: She however said that records are there to show that some retirees were paid through their lawyers and it is not government’s responsibility to ensure that the money is transferred to them.

      In short this statement means EACH ONE FOR HIM/HERSELF THE REST OF THE DAYS BUT GOD FOR US ALL ON THE 18th OF OCTOBER. my question is when someone swindles a citizen or citizens is not the duty of government through its agencies like police to make sure that swindlers are brought to book. Ine ichi chipani cha green chimanidabwisa. Now I understand why the entire Zambia is now a upnd stronghold. Bakangiwa.

  2. “Dora Siliya says some retirees who are part of the group demanding payment of their terminal benefits have already been paid and were swindled by some of their lawyers”

    You cant pay retirees benefits through their Lawyers. You pay direct to them and then the retirees can pay their lawyers what they owe them. So swindling by Lawyers in Zambia is a common disease in their Profession. We have heard of other big fishes that have swindled their clients before but I thought this was in the past. Still happening what a tragedy

    • If anything it’s true some known lawyer swindled the retired in connivance with the retirees representatives. Sadly some of these guys died while enjoying the same looted money while the thieving lawyer is in the diaspora also enjoying the remainder.. Ala paZed katwishi . Kindly help where you can these retirees…..

    • Lukanga you lack knowledge of the issue and should shut up. FIND OUT WHY THEY PAID THROUGH LAWYERS INSTEAD OF EXPOSING IGNORANCE PUBLICLY

  3. It is because the retirees have tried to use the process in place but did not yield any results. Therefore finding no other alternative than storming those offices. As a result we get this information from Dora. Common Sense to me

  4. This hul3 doesn’t know what she is saying as dull as the other cadre on this forum the violent thug good for nothing fical matter from a party of thieves looting the country, the only thing they care about is how much they can loot and not how they can help people who once served our country…. Before theiving lawyer wanna be became the ka worst president on earth

  5. Ms Siliya has warned:
    “There will be chaos in the country if politicians continue peddling lies about institutions of governance. Institutions such as the Electoral Commission of Zambia have been handling elections for a long time and there is need for the people to have confidence in it.”

  6. Please pay attention to these words. Love or hate Dora, her words have truth in them. Pay attention to the message, don’t just kill the messenger.

  7. Government should always expedite the payment of retirees because these people have served.
    I personally don’t take kindly withholding of people’s money and reducing them to destitutes.
    Retirees in most cases are veterans who needs our respect and care.
    Pay them timely to avoid inflationary and value deterioration for their packages. Pay them interests too for the punitive man made delays.
    The issue of retirees has cut across Governments and Dora should not be playing hollier than thou. Stop playing politics with our retirees. This goes to spooky h².

  8. The fact that they ended up hiring lawyers means it was a long standing problem. In fact, when it is clearly shown that they are due their monies, these should be paid directly to them and the government should meet the legal costs.

  9. ” ‘……There is need for the correct process to be followed to avoid people making fraudulent claims. Let us be realistic.’ Kz..”

    So to you KZ , using lawyers is a normal correct process ????

  10. Let us have a heart for the people. Madam Minister, your employers are the same retirees spending nights in the cold & rain.
    If you say some have been paid, do you really think someone who has been paid can be enduring nights in the cold? In any case, madam Minister you are a servant of those people, why have you or the responsible ministry sat down with them to explain to them how and when their monies were paid through their lawyers. Once armed with that information I m very sure the affected people will direct their energy and focus on the actual people holding their monies. Lets have compassion for the people. Sometimes even when money is not immediately available how you treat the people matters a lot.
    They are the masters and your employers please treat them right!

  11. Ati it is not the governments responsibility that the lawyers have swindled them. ..Unbelievable.! .Such irresponsibility from government.!
    Madam siliya , it now becomes governments responsibility to trace these lawyers and bring them to book! .That’s why you are in government , to govern!.. Africa kwena

  12. nothing good about what dora is saying . for retirees to hire a lawyer is all bad because lawyers only come when there is desputes in the process . in short the employer failed to hounor the deal, hence the coming in of the lawyers. pay the retirees without the lawyers coming in.

  13. Swindling is an offence under our penal code. Can you investigate and punish the culprits. Those are citizens who deserve protection from the government. If a noble profession, like law, has swindlers and criminals, then our nation is in big problems. Can the Law Association of Zambia do something to clear their name. Otherwise, such sentiments of swindlers in LAZ, is a dent to the institution. Thieves should not be hiding in the robes of law. If at all they swindled these retirees, like the course of law take its course.

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