Bail out Zampost – NDC

By Staff Reporter

Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says government should bail out the state owned enterprise, Zampost whose workers have gone for five months without pay.

Acting NDC spokesperson Misheck Moyo in a statement said his party is further concerned that Zampost management has not been remitting statutory obligations for its employees to NAPSA and other statutory agencies.

Moyo said worst still, Zampost management has failed to pay retirees their outstanding dues and his party was urging government to bail out the postal service firm.

“The advent of information technologies has affected the operations of most postal agencies worldwide. We implore the Zampost board to come up with a viable survival plan to ensure the smooth running of the company. The Zampost board should work closely with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in discussing and formulating such a survival strategy for the firm,” said Moyo.

He further sympathize with Zampost employees who are going through extremely trying times.

“Our position is that the firm be restructured at top management level. We further implore government to consider undertaking a detailed financial forensic audit at Zampost. We equally demand that government undertakes a probe into the alleged disappearance of monies disbursed to the firm in 2014 to pay retirees,” he said.

Moyo added that in discussing the operations of state owned firms, the NDC leadership was also concerned with the plight of workers at the Times of Zambia and National Housing Authority as workers at the two firms have gone for months without salaries.

“Government should consider bringing private players on board to partner with the two firms. The problems at the two institutions are seemingly as a result of gross mismanagement and bad institutional administration. It is our considered view that government considers dissolving the management boards at the two firms. Times of Zambia and NHA can operate as viable entities under the right management,” he said.