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The Debt Swap for Workers in the Civil Service has been Suspended, Vice President tells Parliament

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Vice President Mutale Nalumango has confirmed that the debt swap for workers in the civil service has been suspended.

The Vice President said this in response to Chikankata Member of Parliament Jackline Sabao on government’s position on the debt swap during the Vice President’s question time in Parliament today.

Mrs Nalumango explained that the programme seemed to have been implemented late during the PF government without full engagements of the banking sector.

She said the debt swap will therefore be re-looked at and may be restructured to see how best it can work.

The Vice President stated that government holds the public service workers’ interests in high esteem and hence the need to find ways of supporting them.

Responding to Siavonga Member of Parliament who wanted to know the reason for suspending the appointments and promotions in the civil service as announced by the Secretary to the Cabinet, the Vice President explained that the move was necessitated because of the merging, dissolving and re-alignment of some ministries.

Mrs. Nalumango said there were implications that would have come if the suspensions were not timely effected.

“When you are making changes such as the dissolving of ministries, re-alignment and merging others, you can’t continue to employ or promote because the structure or establishment must firstly be clear and known as to who should be employed and what qualifications are necessary”, she added.

The Vice President noted that once all requirements are gazetted and put in place, employment, promotions in the civil service will resume.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Chipante pante Government at its best….Nalumango also is very dull….this is more like the Kamala/Biden administration….they have no clue what they’re doing….
    At least HH read my comments and decided to remove his surgical gloves and also Mutinta has toned down her dressing and she is now in her lane as a housewife/first Lady not a de facto Cabinet member

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  2. That was another unsustainable fazzy mathematical arrangement using smoke and mirrors by PF……….

    Good idea , but poor wider arrangements…

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  3. There has to be laws against consumer abuse when it comes to loans. Loans should not take the whole pay check. These workers should also be able to declare bankruptcy.

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  4. Still wonder Why PS Amos Malupenga for Information Ministry was in the forefront leaving behind the rightful person PS Chileshe Kandeta for Finance Ministry not fully enganged on this debt swap issue?

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  5. Thanks civil servants for your effort to kick Lungu out but you have to pay your loans. I don’t know how PF would have done this debt swap thing to the end but good luck.

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  6. It was plain to the eyes what this debt swap was intended to achieve ;it was a scheme by a panicking regime ,a last resort measure to hoodwink the would be voters ‘civil servants’ but unfortunately for the regime which was bound to fall insults were thrown back at them.

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  7. civil service net pay= 0 …..find a way to help people who chose to work for the government, the promise of better schools, hospitals ,police service will not be achieved with 0net pay for civil servants. Provide more incentives and perhaps some tangible increments to the current earnings.

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  8. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    Good! Just say there’s no money to pay for such unsustainable campaign illegality, full stop.

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  9. Indeed that was a hook and crook shambolic and hastely done excercise without any idea of its consequences. To me it was dead before it even came out of the womb. The womb of moribund stupidity of PF.

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  10. #2 5million people are irresponsible. Even where the company puts ceiling on what one can get, employees will connive with the lenders cashiers to go beyond the allowed limit. Some will even alter their payslip status. So I don’t see why government should even be dragged into this problem. One mining company made sure those borrowing money did that by themselves without involving the company ie deductions are done at the bank not at pay office.

  11. Yes, this one was smelling of corruption from far. They wanted to convert the bad debts into bonds and offload them onto the people of Zambia.

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  12. Campaign gimmick which was hurriedly introduced in the dying days without proper consultations from the lenders. This was going to be discontinued even if PF had won.

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  13. I think only fools could take home 0 after deductions,,, the bank or any other lending institution explains the percentage deduction and what is left after…so it is up to the civil servant to decide wether to remain with nothing

  14. 1. The truth is that there is no money. PF failed to explain the scheme to the nation. The reason the VP has given in relation to Debt Swamp and merging and demerging on ministries is a low-priced excuse.

    Yes, the banks were coxed into this structure. When I am going to my London work-office in the morning, I usually bump into my local MP who travels to parliament on public transport, bus & train. Its normal in UK, German, Japan & USA to meet them in public transports such as train or bus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was The Mayor-of-London, a very powerful office that runs London, he travelled to work by bicycle every day. In Zambia they would gaze, hoot and laugh at you.

  15. 2. My point is that we have a culture of living beyond our means in Zambia. You can see this from government officials how often boastful they can be. It’s often… Watch me, See me, Regard me, I am important.

    This culture has cascaded to the civil service. However, low income has forced people to borrow money and end up in debt. And life can be hard bitten. But that has to come with fiscal responsibility on every individual. Don’t go round having multiple women on borrowed money, just because your grandfather, father had multiple wives. It’s a recipe for poverty.

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  16. @ De Javu
    You made me laugh…” you can’t marry and expect someone else to feed your wife”….unfortunately that’s what UPND wants

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  17. Chipantepante. According to upnd, everything PF did was wrong. Very soon, the chickens Will come home to roost.
    Students, trade unions, civil servants, marketeers. Filiokotuleya!

  18. As much as they got for their reasons. but someone you are where you are now because a civil servant took you to school. And today you are speaking good english check your self. yes i dont agree with irresponsible borrowing. but there two sides to a coin.

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