Review former Presidents benefits law, I don’t mind going back to Chawama-Lungu

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“Review former presidents benefit law, it’s not sustainable. Imagine if all the ex presidents were alive. Even the issue of building houses for former presidents should be reviewed again. I don’t mind going back to Chawama,” says President Lungu.

President Lungu was speaking today whist delivering the state of nation address.

Below is CHAPTER 15 THE BENEFITS OF FORMER PRESIDENTS ACTCHAPTER 15 THE BENEFITS OF FORMER PRESIDENTS ACT

Section
1. Short title
2. Interpretation
3. Application
4. Pension and other retirement benefits
4A House and Motor Vehicles
5. Circumstances when benefits not payable
6. Death of President
7. Retirement benefits not payable under repealed Act

CHAPTER 15

BENEFITS OF FORMER PRESIDENTS
An Act to provide for the pension and other retirement benefits of former Presidents of the Republic of Zambia; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
[24th December, 1993]

40 of 1993
33 of 1994
21 of 1998

1. This Act may be cited as the Benefits of Former Presidents Act.

Short title
Cap.15

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
Interpretation
“active politics” means-
(a) the doing of any act indicating a person’s intention to hold elective or appointive office; or
(b) the holding of elective office or appointive office;

in a political party or in an organization whose main aim is the furtherance of political objectives;

“executive house” means a house comprising a kitchen, living room, dinning room, at least four bedrooms two of which shall have a sleeping space with an attached bathroom abd toilet, and with servants quarters on the same premises.

“President” means President of the Republic of Zambia; and

“repealed Act” means the State Leaders Retirement Benefits Act, 1990, or the Specified Offices (Terminal Benefits) Act, 1989.
5 of 1990
9 of 1989
(As amended by Act No.21 of 1998)
3. This Act applies to all former Presidents, including those that ceased to hold office before the commencement of this Act.
Application

4. (1) Subject to the other provisions of this Act, a former President shall, upon ceasing to hold office, be entitled to-
Pension and other retirement benefits

(a) a tax free monthly pension at the rate of eighty per cent of the incumbent President’s emoluments; and

(b) the benefits set out in Schedule of this Act;
all of which shall be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

(2) The pension referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and item 10 of the Schedule shall be paid retrospectively.
4A. (1) In addition to the benefits set out in section four, there shall be-
(a) assigned to a former President within a period of not more than two years from the date of ceasing to hold office, a furnished executive house built or bought in Zambia by the State at a place of the former President’s choice;
(b) provided to former President immediately upon ceasing to hold office housing accomodation as the government considers fit before the house referred to in paragraph (a) is assigned to the former President; and
(c) provided by the State to a former President within a period of not more than six months from the date of ceasing to hold office, three drivers, three motor vehicles with free maintenance and entitlement to fuel to the extent determined by the Cabinet.
(2) Where a former President who is entitled to the benefits conferred under subsection (1) dies while in or after having left office-
(a) the spouse and children of the family who have not attained the age of twenty-one years shall be entitled jointly to one griver and one motor vehicle with free maintenance and entitlement to fuel to extent determined by the Cabinet; and
(b) there shall be assigned to the surviving spouse and children jointly, the furnished house built or bought by the State at a place of the surviving spouse’s choice, if the house referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) has not been assigned to the former President.
(3) The benefits conferred under this section shall be charged on the general revenues of the Republic.

House and motor vehicles
(As amended by Act No.21 of 1998)
5. (1) The pension and other benefits conferred by this Act shall not be paid, assigned or provided to a former President who is-
(a) in receipt of salary from the Government; or
(b) engaged in active politics.
Circumstances when benefits not payable
(2) A former President shall be disqualified from the pension and other benefits conferred by this act-

(a) if he ceases to hold office on the ground of wilful violation of the Constitution or of misconduct; or

(b) if he is convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a term exceeding six months;
and the National Assembly, on a motion supported by not less than two-thirds of the members of the Assembly, resolves that the former President shall not receive the whole or such part of the pension and other benefits as it may determine.

(As amended by Act No.21 of 1998)
6. Where a former President who is entitled to the pension and other benefits conferred by this Act dies while in or after having left office, his spouse and any children of the family who have not attained the age of twenty-one years shall be entitled jointly to-
(a) a tax free monthly pension at the rate of fifty per cent of the incumbent President’s emoluments; and
(b) the benefits set out in items 7, 8, 10 and 11 of the Schedule.
Death of President
(As amended by Act No.21 of 1998)
7. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of section four, no person shall be entitled to receive any pension or other retirement benefit under any repealed Act, whether he claimed for benefits before or after the commencement of this Act.
Retirement benefits not payable under repealed Act

(2) Any person who has received a pension or any benefit under any repealed Act before the commencement of this Act shall refund to the Government such pension and surrender the benefit received or the monetary equivalent of such benefit within six months of the commencement of this Act.

(3) Where any proceedings to claim any pension or other benefit under any repealed Act have been instituted before the commencement of this Act, the court shall, on the application of the Attorney-General, forthwith dismiss the claim.

SCHEDULE

(Sections 4 and 6)

OTHER BENEFITS

1. An office.
2. One personal secretary.
3. Three security persons.
4. One Administrative Assistant, who shall be at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary.
5. Three house employees, which number may be increased by Cabinet.
6. A diplomatic passport for the former President and his spouse.
7. Medical insurance for the former President and his spouse.
8. In each year, one return air ticket for the former President and one for his spouse.
9. Funeral Expenses on his death.

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