Senior citizens in Mkushi district have urged President Hakainde Hichilema to speed up the distribution of retiree benefits throughout the country.
Weston Beso, a senior citizen, remarked that the government could improve the situation of retirees by paying their retirement benefits on schedule.
He stated that he felt forced to make an appeal to the government on behalf of other retirees who had yet to get their retirement benefits, including leave days, dating back to 2008.
Mr Beso explained that failure to pay the retirees on time negatively affects their economic well-being.
He further said that President Hichilema will not only address the challenges faced by retirees but that he will look into the high cost of living and timely delivery of farming inputs.
Another Senior citizen, Dan Kati said that there is need for government to recognize the efforts of the volunteer community health workers that complement the staff shortage at many rural health facilities in this district.