FORMER Kafue Textiles of Zambia workers have asked government to intervene in their claim for the 50 per cent terminal benefits that have been pending for eight years.
According to a letter written to Vice-President Dr Guy Scott dated March 16, 2013 signed by former union chairman for Kafue Textiles of Zambia (KTZ) workers Wilmore Buumba and Wellington Mwape and made available to ZANIS in Kafue yesterday, the former workers appealed to the government to help them get their remaining 50 per cent terminal benefits and other service bonuses which were not paid to them by the previous government.
The former KTZ workers stated that they were forced to accept a 50 per cent payment on terminal benefits because the MMD government threatened to give the money to Maamba Collieries had they refused to sign the memorandum of understanding.
They stated that former president Rupiah Banda duped them when he announced during a campaign rally at Matanda Stadium that the government through the Ministry of Finance was preparing retirement packages for former KTZ workers.
And former KTZ workers spokesperson Borniface Mhango wondered how Banda went to South Africa to complain to the Commonwealth over his alleged violation of human rights when he too did the same to the KTZ retirees by forcing them to sign a cunning memorandum of understanding.
Mhango said about seven former workers of KTZ have died since January this year out of depression and poverty created by the previous government.