Retirees plan State House protest

RETIREES under the Voluntary Separatees Association of Zambia (VSAZ) are planning to march to State House to protest the alleged unfair treatment they are receiving over their benefits the Ministry of Justice has deposited into the High Court.

In a notice to the Registrar of the High Court dated 20th April 2015 and signed by VSAZ secretary general Simemeza Syachoke, which was also copied to the Commissioner of Police and made available to the Daily Nation, VSAZ is seeking an audience with the Registrar this morning over the same issue, failure to which the retirees will conduct a demonstration at State House.

The peaceful protests, which are expected to start from the High Court to State House by noon, are aimed at pressing government to intervene into the matter of delayed payments owing to insincerity among legal firms representing the retires.

“Sir, we are at pains to hold and control our General membership who are now planning a march from the High Court to State House tomorrow if the money disbursement is not done on time and proper briefing is not done by your office tomorrow (today) morning

“Sir, our Executive Committee and our General membership of the Voluntary Separatees Association of Zambia are seeking for an urgent audience with you tomorrow (today) the 21st April, 2015 before noon,” read the statement in part.

“By copy of this letter the Commissioner of Police State House and Officer in-Charge High Court is communicated to, for this intended action tomorrow (today) if not addressed by your office,” read the notice. Drama over the scramble for retirees’ package by four legal firms has continued with latest information indicating that the number for beneficiaries submitted to the court has shot by over 4,000 due to duplication and faking of some names.

According to the lists submitted to the court, a total of 7376 retirees’ names were submitted against the actual number of 3208 names appearing in the Ministry of Justice records.

The four legal firms have all submitted their names with Malipenga and Company indicating that the firm is representing a total of 2699, Lukona Chambers with 3523, while P&P Advocates have submitted 101. Others are Milner Katolo with 195 while Okware and Associates has 858 retirees on its list.


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