WHOEVER would say he/she does not need more money than what one currently has would not be telling the truth. Everyone needs it, and for this reason, people want to get employed so that at the end of the day, they get a salary. Others change jobs for better-paying ones.
People do not just need money but more money. Perhaps it is because of this desire by people for more money that President Michael Sata and his colleagues, then in the opposition, felt pity for the lowly-paid and promised to do something so that they too could have more money in their pockets.
Partly for this reason, everyone wants to go to school, while parents ensure their children access good and higher education so that they could later in life get well-paying jobs.
Even those already in employment from time to time sit around the table with their employers to negotiate for salary increments and better conditions of service. This happens every year with some firms doing it even twice annually.
We are, therefore, surprised to note that some people are criticising the recently announced minimal pay rise for the Republican President and other constitutional office-bearers.
And we agree with Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary general Roy Mwaba who says there is nothing wrong with the recent hike of salaries for the President and other constitutional office-bearers.
The question we may ask the critics of the recent development is whether they are genuinely against any salary increase or, better still, don't they want to have more money in their bank accounts? Or could it be just a question of one not being among the beneficiaries?
Suppose these critics were interested parties, that is beneficiaries, would they, all the same, reject this pay rise? Of course we are aware of some leaders right here in Zambia, among them, former Republican vice-president Enock Kavindele and former Cabinet minister Dipak Patel who voluntarily couldn't receive their salaries and sitting allowances which they donated to their constituencies.
But these are people who did not need a salary/allowance from the Government, which was, and still is, peanuts anyway, but had other sources of income - their own booming businesses.
Their stay in Government was purely to render a service to their constituents and Zambians at large.
If we are able to stand by nurses who are pressing for a reasonable pay rise, we do not understand why a member of Parliament, a minister and even the President does not deserve a salary increment.
All are Government employees paid from what taxpayers give the Zambia Revenue Authority from time to time and all must, therefore, be treated equally. People should learn to be fair with one another.