10 Opposition Parties to Demonstrate Ministers Salary Hike

Ten opposition political parties have notified the police over their intention to hold a peaceful demonstration over the decision by government to award cabinet ministers and the President a 100% salary increment.

According to letter dated December 6, 2018 written by ADD President Charles Milupi the opposition political parties propose to demonstrate on December 14, 2018 in Lusaka.

“In accordance with the provisions of the Zambian constitution, we hereby officially write to notify of our planned peaceful march from the Main Post Office in town to the Freedom Statue along Independence Avenue on Friday the 14th December from 10:00 hours to 15:00 hours,” Milupi stated.

“Our main reason for this march is to demonstrate against cabinet’s decision to award themselves an exorbitant salary increase of K42, 000 without regard to the prevailing poor economic situation in the country and low salaries for key sectors such as teachers, health workers, and our men in uniform and the many unpaid retirees.”

“We also want to demand the repayment of any monies that have been paid to ministers irregularly as a result of this decision which is against the provisions of the Presidential and Ministerial Emoluments Act.”

The protest will comprise members from 10 political parties which are NDC, PAC, UPPZ, People’s Party, New Labour Party, PEP, UPND, RPP, National Labour Party and the Alliance for Democracy and Development.

Source: Zambia Reports

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