The University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) has commended government for releasing one million Kwacha towards payment of outstanding emoluments owed to serving and retired workers at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
UNZALARU General Secretary, Kelvin Mambwe, said the union had engaged government through Cabinet Office in December last year and brought out the challenges that the university has been facing.
Dr. Mambwe said government has demonstrated commitment towards addressing the challenges by releasing part of the funds.
He disclosed that 555 serving and retired workers have since been paid their outstanding balances, thereby reducing the five years backlog.
He has thanked the UPND government for being magnanimous in listening to the plight of the institution.
Dr. Mambwe further said government has asked UNZA through the union to come up with structural bench marks which will ensure that the payment of debts owed to the institution is done.
The UNZALARU General Secretary said the benchmarks have since been submitted.
“We are grateful to government through the Ministry of Education and we are grateful to Cabinet Office, the Secretary to the Treasury and the President for ensuring that the UNZA challenges become a thing of the past,” he said.