An association of retired teachers has been launched in Chipata under the patronage of Luangeni Member of parliament Charles Zulu.
Former teachers formed the first ever association in Zambia for retired teachers to spear head the release of terminal benefits from government.
The association which consists of retired teachers in Chipata district got registered on April 3rd 2017 under the registrar of societies with the help of Mr. Zulu.
Speaking during the handover of the certificate to the association in Chipata yesterday, Mr. Zulu says leadership is not about manipulating people.
Mr. Zulu says the association took an initiative to approach him to get the certificate for the association for it to become a legal entity.
He pointed out that he was not in Chipata Central Constituency to take over from his counterpart Moses Mawere but as an interim patron.
Mr. Zulu urged retirees to support each other as they face new challenges in retirement adding that living in retirement is not the end of the world.
He advised the retired teachers to team up and construct a school under the association which will help them generate the needed funds.
And Chipata Retired Teacher Association Vice Chairperson Malingose Phiri says many teachers have not been given terminal benefits as way back as 2003.
Ms. Phiri says this led to the formation of the association so that retired teachers could be paid their terminal benefits.
She says that out of all teachers that were retired in Chipata, only 96 are fully paid up members for the association.