NAREP PRESS STATEMENT ON SALARY INCREMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS
NATIONAL RESTORATION PARTY
SALARY INCREMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS
We would like to clearly state that as National Restoration Party; we are in support of the salary increment of salaries of civil servants by the Patriotic Front. We commend the government for taking this step as this will better the lives of the Zambian people.
However, we take note of the fact that there has been a great talk about the budget overrun, which in fact was accepted by Finance Minister Honourable Alexander Chikwanda after a long time of resistance. It therefore means that the budget overrun will even be worse than reported because the increases will have a negative impact on the national budget and will also escalate the inflation rate in that there is little or no production in the country.
We are also reminded of the fact that there was a report in the Daily Nation Newspaper on Friday September13, 2013 that the salaries will be met by the Eurobond, a situation which is not acceptable as a Eurobond is not meant to meet salaries but designed to meet capital projects.
As NAREP we therefore demand to be informed as to how the Patriotic Front government will create the necessary resources to meet this huge budgetary responsibility/undertaking.
We are also appealing to the government to help the people in rural areas by ensuring that clinics and schools are built. Also, the PF government needs to ensure that people in highly populated areas have proper roads and safe water to drink.
Rev Jevan Kamanga
National Restoration Party (NAREP)
16 September 2013