Two Doctors who Protested at State House demanding salary arrears to be Disciplined-Health Minister

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Health Minister Dr Jonas Chanda
Health Minister Dr Jonas Chanda

The government has resolved to discipline two doctors who undertook a protest procession at State House demanding salary arrears. Health Minister Hon Dr Jonas Chanda says Government does not condone such indiscipline behaviour.

In a statement, Hon Dr Chanda says Government has channels of communication and shall not allow disgruntled behaviour from health workers. He says the two doctors who conducted themselves contrary to the terms and conditions of service in the public service will be disciplined accordingly.

“I take this opportunity to condemn the behaviour such as which was exhibited by two doctors who went to State House over the arrears. I urge other health workers to drown upon such conduct which brings the profession into disrepute,” he says.

Hon Dr Chanda says Government is looking into the issues of various outstanding arrears under personnel emoluments for the health workers and at an appropriate time these will be attended to. He urged all health workers to be patient as these matters are receiving attention.

Meanwhile, Hon Dr Chanda says about 24, 480 health workers have been recruited out of the 30,000 target to be recruited by end of 2021. The minister says this is in line with the Ministry’s National Health Strategic Plan of 2017 to 2021.

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  1. Hon Chanda the doctors had used legal channels to no avail, five months without pay,how have they been living, getting to work ? You ask them to be patient,for how long?

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  2. 24,480 RECRUITED WOW WHOS PAYING THIER SALARIES SO 24,000 on top of the ones already employed
    THE MIND BLOGGLES ……..
    DISCIPLINE DRS FOR WANTING SALARY ARREARS , AFTER TRYING ALL NORMAL CHANNELS WHICH OBVIOUSLY FAILED
    THEN THEIR HEAR BICYCLES BEING GIVEN AWAY BY THE 1000’s LIKE SWEETIES
    MEANWHILE THEIR FAMILIES MAY BE STARVING ???
    CAN ANYONE BLAME THEM ???
    ANYWAY THATS MORE VOTES FOR THE OPPOSITION

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  3. Why should you be quick to punish than to resolve a matter? If God was like you then no one would exist.

    Just pay them, that’s all. If you had done your job by making sure that doctors are paid, they could not have protested.

    The only person who deserves to be punished is you.

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  4. What kind of foolishness is this??
    You Chanda are getting paid but somehow you think it’s not appropriate for doctors to be on time???? Enough of all of you with your mediocrity, come August you are out and hope you suffer

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  5. Please don’t punish them, the unemployed doctors are just desperate. Put yourself in their shoes please. Forgive them, just call them and have a fatherly talk with them, the ones who need punishment are the yet to be charged police officers who killed Mapenzi Chibulo, Vespers Shimuzhila and Frank Mugala, imagine lives were lost and it is business as usual

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  6. They are indisciplined f00ls who are being used by the upnd. The sad thing is that for a few coins from upnd they will now cost their career. An educated doctor should have the sense to know how to legally challenge any issues. They think gallavantinf at state house will help them

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  7. CHASE THEM TO THE OPOSITION
    MAY UR GOD BLESS YOU
    COPPERBELT ALMOST ALL FOR OPPOSITION
    KEEP UP YOUR GOOD WORK STRATAGIST

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  8. Prevaricating your responsibilities – how do you employ more doctors and health workers when you can not even pay the ones employed going without salaries for months. PF is incapable of doing anything sensible.

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  9. I feel pity for the 2 doctors. Unfortunately RDAZ or ZMA will not speak for them beacause they are certified cowards.
    In Zambia it is wrong to ask for what rightly belongs to you.
    As for you dr Chanda , you don’t issue such statement publicly like that. All you should have said was the issue will be sorted out administatively. I think you uare already getting excited with the money from BOZ vault.
    Please dear junior drs, I urge you all to go ALL OUT and decampagn these thugs. Tell all your relatives and friends to vote out these pathetic thieves.

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  10. In my own judgment the Health Minister is not fit to be in that ministry. For the two doctors to protest, it means this has been going on for many times for several years. Doctor Chanda you should be ashamed to have taken up such a stance. It is this kind of reasoning why civil servants are not paid on time. And it is this kind of reasoning why many retirees have not been paid there money for more than 3 to 6 years. This doctor has no solutions for Health workers. Just resign Mr. Minister Chanda.

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  11. How does demanding what you’re owed becomes a disciplinary matter? This is a failure of leadership. We’ve told you that many doctors have been getting salaries for interns since 2014, what have you done about it. It’s you that should be disciplined instead

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  12. The irony of this statement is that the person issuing such a statement will get his salary and all his added incentives without fail, sad really.

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  13. Saulos and I have stopped commentating on cyber space because kaya mwabene iyo cybercrime law angakucite by air a mambala. Goodoo bye inu onse na mambala onse.

  14. Showing his true colours now. On the Copperbelt he has been accused of favouring his constituency with health projects. If anyone needs to be disciplined and charged for breach of employment contracts, it’s the government. You fail to pay people who have already performed their share of the bargain, and then threaten them when they ask for what is duly theirs. What a regime! What leaders!

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