Civil servants urged to concentrate on their work, not politics

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Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nickson Chilangwa has prodded civil servants to concentrate on implementing government programmes and avoid engaging themselves in partisan politics.

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And North-Western Province Permanent Secretary, Augustine Seyuba has told Mr. Chilangwa that the provincial administration was on course in implementing government programmes that were aimed bettering the lives of the people in the area.

Meanwhile, North-Western Patriotic Front (PF) Province chairperson Fabian Chiposo has appealed to President Michael Sata to consider allowing District Commissioners (DCs) in the province to serve a little longer before transferred to other districts.

Mr. Chilangwa said civil servants should leave partisan politics to politicians because their job is to implement government policies and programmes so that living standards of people are improved.

He was speaking in Solwezi today when he addressed civil servants at the provincial administration in the awake of recent wrangles between some ruling Patriotic Front (PF) members and civil servants.

Mr. Chilangwa explained that President Michael Sata’s administration was working hard to improve the welfare of Zambians as evidenced by the creation of new districts.

He advised civil servants to ensure that government development programmes were implemented as outlined in the PF party manifesto.

Mr. Chilangwa, who is PF Kawambwa Central Member of Parliament, stressed that it was the duty of the civil servants to ensure that the projects were implemented on time.

He warned civil servants who may have political ambitions against frustrating government programmes adding that government would not hesitate to recommend them to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for action.

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Earlier, North-Western Province Permanent Secretary, Augustine Seyuba has assured Mr. Chilangwa that the provincial administration was implementing government programmes that were aimed bettering people’s lives.

Mr. Seyuba said the provincial administration has implored all provincial heads of departments to ensure that they familiarise themselves with the contents of the PF party manifesto in implementing government programmes.

He said contrary to media reports that indicated that there was a sour relationship between the party and staff at the provincial administration, the two enjoyed a warm working relationship except for a few PF cadres who wanted to disrupt normal government operations.

Meanwhile, PF North-Western Province chairperson Fabian Chiposo has appealed to President Michael Sata to consider allowing District Commissioners in the province to serve longer in one place before transferred to other districts.

Mr. Chiposo said the frequently transfers of DCs in the province may delay the implementation of government programmes as the new District Commissioners take time to familiarise themselves with government operations.

Mr. Chilangwa is in the province to familiarise himself with operations of departments under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Recently, some PF cadres were arrested for planning to block North-Western Province Permanent Secretary, Augustine Seyuba from his office for allegedly not accommodating them.

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