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Veep calls for speedy implementation of debt swap for civil servants

Economy Veep calls for speedy implementation of debt swap for civil servants

Vice President Inonge Wina has called for the immediate implementation of debt swap among civil servants in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with the Civil Servants Initiative Association (ZACIA) in Senanga District, Mrs. Wina said the government is committed to improving the economic livelihoods of civil servants in the country.

Mrs Wina said government is aware of the burden exerted on many civil servants through servicing of loans.

She also observed that government increased social protection measures as means to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 which has affected the global economy.

“We have noticed the burden that civil servants have with loans and it is our responsibility to take charge in order to cushion your burdens,” She stated.

“Government has realized that under Covid-19, the economy has been affected as others in the private sector have lost jobs, hence government has to respond,” She added.

The Vice President also called on Civil Servants not to participate in politics but ensure that they provide services to all Zambians regardless of different political parties.

Mrs Wina further called on Civil Servants to ensure they help in interpreting government policies especially in rural areas.

“Communities have to be informed that government is borrowing in order to help bring development and save the Zambian people effectively by providing services such as improved health care,” Mrs Wina said.

Vice President Inonge Wina addressing Civil servants at Nangweshi Secondary School in Sioma District
Vice President Inonge Wina addressing Civil servants at Nangweshi Secondary School in Sioma District

And Mrs Wina has called on everyone to promote peace and desist from initiating acts that escalate into violence.

She cited damaging of political posters as acts that escalate violence as the country goes to the polls on August 12, 2021.

“There is need to continue promoting peace especially during this election period. I urge the police to ensure the act of destroying different posters of other political parties as a way of stopping violence from escalation,” She stated.

“We need to prevent acts that will lead to disruption of peace at all costs,” She added.

And Senanga District Commissioner Inonge Mubuyaeta disclosed that the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has managed to assist over 7,000 flood victims with food staff.

Ms Mubuyaeta said Senanga District is beneficiary to several empowerment and social protection programs being implemented by government.

And ZACIA District Chairperson Mr Mubita Mwanangono called on government to look into the plight of volunteer teachers and health workers.

Mr Mwanangono said civil servants in Senanga have witnessed the implementation of various developmental projects.

He cited the integrated small town water supply project being implemented as an initiative that will transform the district into a cohesive community.

“Projects like the integrated small towns water supply project being implemented will transform this place into a cohesive community where people will enjoy equitable access to clean water, improved sanitation and job creations,” Mr Mubita said.

Other projects cited include the provision of street lights in the district meant to enhance security in the township.

The Vice President is in Western province on a 10 days working visit to various districts.

10 COMMENTS

  1. you are such a disgrace really sad and shame up on wish you to live longer to see how we shall make this country can you mislead the sc that you are borrowing for development , when you have no return on investments , but in the hands of afew or pockets of corrupt few few top scs really sad

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  2. DEBT SWAP IS PURELY A POLITICAL MOVE
    A LOAN BY LAW IS NOT TO EXCEED THAN 25% OF SALARY
    SO WHAT HAS THIS GOVERNMENT BEEN UP TO ??
    PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BORROW WITHIN THEIR MEANS
    THE BIGGEST BENIFACTORS WILL BE MP’S WHO HAVE BOUGHT CARS AND BUILT MASSIVE GUEST HOUSES
    THIS IS TAX PAYERS MONEY YOU ARE USING BEWARE

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  3. Not a word on government’s reluctance on paying civil servants’ salary. Most are four months behind! And then you suggest to borrow money??? Shame on you, shame on PF, shame on Edgar China Lungu! PF: Lying about everything, not delivering anything!

  4. She is an outgoing Veep and all the sudden she is constantly on the move from Kasama to Chipata to Lusaka to Mongu then to Senanga …she has no shame this old wicked selfish hen Bo Inonge. There is Senanga D.C Inonge Mubuyaeta disclosing that the DMMU has managed to assist over 7,000 flood victims with food staff. …they are going round calling these meetings and campaigning when they wouldn’t allow opposition to host such meetings.

  5. These disgraced PF chaps are just doing this for elections, and yet civil servants have been suffering all along. Civil servants, please don’t be cheated. Be awake. Galamukani….

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  6. DEBT SWAP IS PURELY A POLITICAL MOVE
    A LOAN BY LAW IS NOT TO EXCEED THAN 25% OF SALARY
    SO WHAT HAS THIS GOVERNMENT BEEN UP TO ??
    PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BORROW WITHIN THEIR MEANS
    THE BIGGEST BENIFACTORS WILL BE MP’S WHO HAVE BOUGHT CARS AND BUILT MASSIVE GUEST HOUSES
    THIS IS TAX PAYERS MONEY YOU ARE USING ABUSING

  7. Govt should just increase Salaries for Civil Servants so that they can afford to service and repay their debts. The Debts can only be rescheduled. What Debt Equity Swap is Govt talking about? Individual borrowers and lenders can negotiate the Debt Rescheduling. Such Debt/Equity instruments can only be negotiated and signed for by a Minister of Finance who is currently not there. Govt is just hoodwinking Civil Servants for votes in the August 12 Elections. Civil Servants will not be fooled.

  8. How did Civil Servants fail to pay their debts to the Lenders? Were they not paying their Monthly payments to the Banks? If deductions were made on Civil Servants Salaries why were the deductions not remitted to the Lenders? Inflation is around 25% p.a so Civil Servants need a Cost of Living Adjustment. Why is the Govt refusing to increase Civil Servants Salaries and pay Retirees their Pensions but have Money to pay huge Amounts of Money to PF Cadres, Headmen and Chiefs? Drs, Nurses, Councils workers, Retirees etc haven’t been paid their arrears and yet Govt has been dishing out money to PF Cadres and Supporters to buy votes. This is unacceptable and these victims will punish ECL and PF by voting for HH and UPND Alliance and the Zambia we want. The writing is on the wall.

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