FORMER labour minister Fackson Shamenda says government’s pronouncement that retirees will receive their pension benefits after three months is attainable, provided it sets its priorities right. In an interview, Shamenda said even during his time as labour minister, government was fighting for early payment of terminal benefits, but a lack of collective political will prevented that from happening. He said their proposal had been that retirees should be paid their terminal benefits on the last working day. “Remember when there was that wage freeze which happened during my time, three-quarters of members of cabinet threw it out, they said no we can’t do this. When you are working as a team, it depends on the type of Minister of Finance…...

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