GOVERNMENT has increased salaries for all health workers by 100 percent, Minister of Labour, Sport and Youth Chishimba Kambwili said in Ndola yesterday.

He said the pay rise will boost morale among health workers across the country.

“Today , we have increased the salaries for all our health workers by 100 percent, so when the PF government says it is putting more money into people’s pockets, we mean business and we are serious,” Mr Kambwili said.

The minister was speaking after visiting Morganite Limited. He said Government is concerned about the poor salaries many workers get across the country.

Mr Kambwili said the salary increment for health workers is an indication that Government is committed to improving salaries for civil servants, as promised during election campaigns.

And in another development, Mr Kambwili has ordered Morganite Limited general manager Stanley Kampo to report to the ministry next Tuesday.

The minister said Government is concerned with reports that Mr Kampo abuses workers and insults them.

“First of all, I am shocked that the person we are talking about is a Zambian and honestly, how can he do that to fellow Zambians? I want him next Tuesday at my office so that he can answer the allegations,” Mr Kambwili said.
He was speaking at Morganite Limited after paying a surprise visit to the company. The minister also ordered management to engage a human resource manager to help the company with personnel issues. Mr Kambwili said management should also allow workers to form a union.

And workers complained about the poor salaries offered by management. One worker said the pay slip does not indicate the housing allowance paid to workers and that they have not had a salary increment for the past four years.

Meanwhile, PRESIDENT Sata has asked Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda to explore ways of doubling remuneration of Zambian doctors as a way of putting more money in their pockets and improve health.

Mr. Sata also said rural health centres in the country are in a deplorable state and it is important to improve the doctor to patient ratio by having more doctors attend to patients in rural centres.

“I am pleading with the Minister of Finance,” President Sata said. “We have to find ways of doubling salaries for doctors to beat others in the region, so that we can attract our doctors back.”

If the doctors wages are doubled, a junior Zambian doctor from the University of Zambia could take home about K10 million which is still less than their colleagues in Nambia and South Africa.

President Sata said this at State House yesterday after he swore in a deputy minister, a permanent secretary and ambassadors and high commissioners.

He regretted that it has taken long for some ambassadors and high commissioners to take up their positions despite being appointed as far back as October last year, because of the poor record previous office holders left behind and urged new diplomats to exhibit exemplary behaviour.
The President’s directive is in line with the Patriotic Front campaign promise to improve the health sector by facilitating the building of vital infrastructure that will deliver primary healthcare as close to the people as possible.

In its manifesto on human resource, the PF says it intends to improve conditions of service to minimise the brain-drain.

It also plans to “rehabilitate and expand existing health training institutions to increase the number of graduates”.

Recently, President Sata announced an ambitious plan to erect some 650 health centres countrywide to make health care more accessible.

He said the new health posts are lined up as follows: 98 in Southern Province while Central Province will have 52 and Western Province will have 62 new health posts.

Mr Sata said new health posts will bring with them the benefits of boosting the construction sector and consequently job creation during the construction phase, plus greater access to health, especially in rural areas.

Northern Province will have 107 new health posts while North-Western Province will have 74. Lusaka Province will have 27, Luapula 63, Eastern 68 and Copperbelt 87.

The President said the health posts and residence facilities will be equipped with solar systems, equipment and furniture, hand pumps, medicines, dressing materials, electricity and running water.

President Sata also instructed the Minister of Health Dr Joseph Kasonde to step up the recruitment of health personnel both locally and abroad to ensure that the new health posts are adequately staffed.

Meanwhile, teachers have cried foul over non-increment of their salaries.

Teachers who sought anonymity told Tumfweko that the government should quickly increase their salaries as they have done to the health workers.


99 Responses to "HEALTH Workers Get 100 % SALARY INCREMENT, TEACHERS Cry FOUL"

  1. Kamanda Wa Kamanda   January 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Please it’s one step at a time. Even teachers and police personnel will have their salaries increased as well. But with KCM, it’s 17% salary increament this year. SHOCKING!

  2. ANT CASH CROP   January 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    its interesting the levels of ignorance on economic fundamentals is alarming.

  3. economic madness   January 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Only monkeys from banana republics rejoice with 100% salary increases while the economy grows at 6-10%!!!
    Anyone with 2 working brain cells would realise that they are being conned coz such remunerations are economically impossible and unsustainable!! Someone,somewhere will have to foot for this hike!!
    Zambia has a labour force of about 5-6 million people but only 1/2 million are engaged in “professional jobs”,ie tax payers! Even then,the majority of these are Govt employees (who contribute ZERO taxes to the treasury)!! The govt should create a conducive environment where the private sector will expand,hence increase govt coffers,instead of duping the gullible with populist announcements that are economic suicide!!

  4. Rio   January 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    How many health posts for Western Province?

  5. nakferd   January 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    ok,where will government get the money from?taxpayer’s this is not fair,taxes will increase and the private sector will suffer more with the already pathetic last even the unproductive army who just sit to wait for taxpayers money will demand for salary increase.

  6. sadi   January 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Good development, I am sure even teachers and the police officer’s salaries will be increased shortly.

  7. Umuntu ni teacher   January 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Teaching is a thankless job!

  8. kabezo   January 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    thats a good thing, extend this to other institutions as well,

  9. Snr.citizen   January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    People are only talking about teachers and police, the civil service is not only health, education and home affairs but there are other ministries where a huge number of civil servants are including the above mentioned ministries. They are about 22 ministries in all who are waiting for a new salary, if you only mention 3 ministries where do you think the remaining 19 ministries will go to.

  10. ZOONA   January 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm


  11. mwewa   January 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    thats a good move PF government except such increments need to be extended to all civil servants coz every single department or institution is very important and if we also compare with namibia or south africa they would also be way below par! local government is where development starts, we may need to give them 100% increment as well.

  12. Ricky Bobby?   January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This increase is total madness. At this rate, it won’t be long before the zeroes chopped off from the kwacha come back.

  13. worker   January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    kcm workers rise up aswell 17% mockery

  14. MJ Linyungandambo   January 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Surely, the tax payers base should also be increased by craeting an enabling environment for private sector investment

  15. GUN   January 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Watching someone playing with fire at a distance.Treat all govt workers equaly,100% for one ministry is a time bomb,jst wait.

  16. K K MBEBA   January 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    this is a very good move. those who are talking about the economy are just showing their selfishness and greedy. if someone can own 2.1 billion, even a student having 2 billion what can stop the government from sharing the national cake evenly. Its such retarded thinking that has made us lag behind for a very long period of time. What you are forgetting is that the man in state house now, is not selfish and greedy. look at how he stopped the lavishness of our PSs and how he has cut on travel. so do you think if all the wrongs are corrected can’t this be possible? lets admit that if we continue being selfish every one will leave zambia for greener pastures.

  17. K K MBEBA   January 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Fellow country men and women please assist me in asking for the government to consider as(teachers) although Roy Mwaba and his friends are fond of over defending their usefulness to the Zambian workers, they have terribly failed to deliver. I say so because take Chongwe teachers for example, to be specific I will pick On Mikango Barracks schools. It was very disturbing to learn that those who teach at the high school get their rural hardship allowance but those at the Basic it was removed that they are not entitled (it has been like this for the past four years)surely where on earth can such a thing be tolerated and the Union are there?. how is it that people working for the same ministry and living in the same place have different conditions of service? is it fair to those our brothers and sisters who have gone to serve in that place? as Union leaders negotiate please consider the concerns of your friends and not be selfish. CAN THE PRESIDENT ALSO EXTEND THIS GESTURE TO THE teachers, because they are the ones who taught these nurses and doctors

  18. Give teachers 100%   January 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Chalk down all teachers!

  19. Ndate   January 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Where on earth is this money going to come from?Almost the entire civil service will not be contributing to government coffers,and then the say 20% increment at most for the rest of them in GRZ jobs.Lets be realistic imwe.Elo nomba twalachula kuli ba nurse ifi shafulilako.They will just be saying ufola shinga iwe pakuti ule nsunkanya pa nchito yandi

  20. m.c   January 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    good news but ways of maintaning economic stability should be observed.

  21. koko   January 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    getting tax from KCM employee whose increment is 17% and pay someone whose increment is 100%.Ba kambwili bweleni nakabi ku no

  22. Ayatollah   January 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Just double the wage bill for all govt employees, period. Civil servants just have 1 union to speak for you, afterall you all have one employer. Why have too many unions with some leaders that can’t even tell the difference between 2 and z?

  23. mwewa   January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    But is only health workers who need increment i wonder? when will we start appreciating other workers?

  24. Swituska   January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Its great news but my concern is on this sustainability of this move. The Economic growth is still slow and to me this means the burden will be carried by the few tax payers. I would really what to know the realistic strategy which will be used.

  25. Nak   January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    2 and z ahahahaha that is interesting. Mwebena Zambia tamutasha. Bambi baleiba and became rich just in three years. Bambi balebyala indalama mumafarms. Abakashi babambi got k8b rich within 3yrs. The question is shalefuma kwi? Ok limbi nganjishoba ichisunga nga ntile where did they get that money from? I believe Zambia has enough money and with a serious govt,people can be payed. HE MCS in his campaign said “I know where the money is” Now he is showing you that he knows where the money is you start talking negatively. I can see ku Zed tamutaha

  26. computer   January 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    hope u ll stat workng seriously now. viva sata

  27. adotolo   January 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    not ma jealous!!!more money in my pockets!!!

  28. Teacher   January 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Good news for health workers bad news for government us teachers will not accept less than 200 percent.

  29. kano nga nibo   January 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    ba teacher ukutemwa HH ,koseni na tuition

  30. Economist   January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    @chaka you are right 100% will increase inflation because all workers will demand for the same level of increments

  31. Pupil   January 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    We expect the highest level of maturity from teachers but they are behaving like kids. The parent give a gift to one child and you start crying for the same right there and then. Show some maturity and wait for your turn. Atase, kwati fyaice!

  32. Bokosi   January 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hope the announcement wont be reversed in the PF flip-flop style.

  33. shimugodi   January 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Kcm at 17%…twalichula bashi mine, na 2.8 million tax pamatako..

  34. Teacher   January 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Tu doctor trial and error mu hospital we will stat taking you to court when our relative die.

  35. chongo   January 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    am a teacher by proffesion, let me educate all those who think we r useless. its not easy to mould a grade one pupil, as u may think. in these schools that u c,thea r no books,wic makes it difficult to plan our lessons evryde..our salaries r too low to evn sustain us, bt we realy try..if u feel we dnt do anything stop bringing ur childrn to sch so tht we can c were ths nation ll go..think about others before u start blubbing anyhow..try to put urselves in our shoes@ RFM grow up! u havent cn anything in life..u r jst a spoilt little brat! ur parents have failed u! coz they havnt taught u how to rspect adults…mr president l ll b waiting patiently for our time…

  36. chongo   January 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    @pupil, evil begets evil, oneday u ll feel th pain we go through.not all days r sundays…everything has got its own time, al days r numbered…mulekwata umucinshi kubakalamba..

  37. me   January 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

    so me a degree holder workin 4 the moh will be getin less than the pipo i am to supervise wat da hell is this. Y didnt he do civil servants across the board. This really sucks wats wrong wit dat man

  38. sm   January 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Its better all civil servants are considered at once to avoid talking to harmonise the situation. For sure every one is important and we need to respect each others feelings.

  39. MoH Support Staff   January 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Does this salary increase include supportive staff such as Hospital Administrators,Human Resource Officers,Purchasing Officers,Information Officers,Planners,Accountants who work in the Ministry of Health and hav a GSS(cabinet office)salary scale ‘n nt a MS (MoH)salary scale.? Educate me.

  40. Joe   January 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    For long health workers especially nurses nave not received a significant salary increment as compared to the teacher, so it is thye turn of the health worker to get what they deserve for the work overload especially those in rural areas. Ba KCM know that even civil sevants (health workers) pay tax, not just you ba shimaini. Our govt at work.

  41. eric   January 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    ready for marriage. am sure yo parents never went to school you stupid mother fucker! otherwise u wudnt be insulting teachers. stanyoko!

  42. frank   February 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    health wokers are like endangered species hence to motivate and safeguard them,offcourse without a teacher ther can not be them. give teachers a good package and equally other civil servants in ministries.

  43. Analysist   February 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    our health workers are the lowest paid in southern africa,other health workers have joined ministry of education by teaching sciences leaving patients in the hospitals.Am a teacher but i support the govt move bcoz i know tha next it ll be us (teachers). When MMD govt gave us money,health workers never complained about responsbility allowances which we get,health workers requested for risking allowance bt MMD denied them so lets nt be jealous its coming to us as well.

  44. piss off   February 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    dem!! its taken me too long to get to this page, broke i was. i need money too!!! when is it gona come? creating false hopes and indefinate waiting for increments is not the root politicians should take… we all need ka money. inflation thats why economist exists, proper advice will help us. 1+1=2

  45. WMn2001   March 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I personally feel the move to have the moneys for the health guys increased deserves an applause. If anyone has genuine fears or commendations, I think it will be more mature to bring them forward, say on table for all of us to analyse. I do not think this is a forum for insults! This should be a learning ground. To all parents, responsible men and women, ladies and gentlemen, fellow counterpats, boys and girls………….this should be taken as a meeting point for the brilliant of the brilliant, inteligent of the inteligent and the best of the best minds ever. Let us help one another’s mental faculties, learn and build one another’s characters.

  46. bridget kafula mwewa   April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    why not across the board?

  47. Diaspora   June 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

    we only get .1% in canada

  48. chams   June 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Be serious ,where will the money come from? printing may be.A huge wage will simply weaken govt reserves.Who advises PF?

  49. chams   June 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    In Swaziland,teachers are on strike.They want an increase of 4% !