FORMER senior managers of the liquidated Zambia Airways Corporation have written to President Edgar Lungu demanding K384, 000 from Government which was part of a court settlement clinched in 2004.
The retrenched management officials have asked the Head of State to consider their plight under the ruling Patriotic Front’s pro-poor policy and the Government’s desire to improve the condition of vulnerable Zambians.
Avito Banda and others represented by William Chilangwa and Valentine Mwendacabe have written to the Head of State for the settlement of their dues.
Mr Chilangwa told the Daily Nation that a group of 40 former management employees of the defunct national airline were in 1993 retrenched on conditions devoid of justice.
“As a consequence a group of us known as Avito Banda and 37 others, took the matter to mediation and obtained a settlement order in 2004 for about K600,000, of which K216,000 has been paid, leaving a balance of K384,000 which we appeal to the Government to pay us,” he said.
He explained that prior to 1991 parastatal company employees were prohibited by the UNIP government from engaging in economic activity, a situation he said preluded them from other income sources besides their salaries.
“We are aware of liquidation provisions which state that employees of a liquidated institution are unsecured creditors and are the last considered, while the liquidator is the first paid.
‘‘We also know that the liquidator at Zambian Airways took more than 15 years, resulting in the bulk of what was obtained from the disposal of assets going to the liquidator as fees, but that the liquidation programme has since moved from the private liquidator to the Government, thus the appeal,” he said.
He said the employees did not even benefit from the house ownership empowerment programme that was undertaken by the MMD government.