The eastern province administration this morning swung into action and
closed the Vubwi council and health offices operating in Chipata.
The team of officials was led by provincial deputy permanent Secretary Zechariah Luhanga
and Assistant Secretary Beene Chikuba.
The team found Vubwi council and health workers working in their offices in Chipata and ordered them
out before locking up the offices.
This is because the officers defied government’s directive issued by eastern province
permanent secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga to relocate to the new district where they
had been posted.
Mr Luhanga said the officers have been denying development to the
people of Vubwi where their services are most required.
He stated that President Michael Sata created the district in order to
take development close to the people saying government recruited
officers to work in the respective area to enhance development.
Mr Luhanga observed that the officers have been reluctant to relocate
to the area yet they applied to work there.
The DPS expressed concern that the two departments are key sectors in the
developmental agenda saying it was unfortunate that they opted to
operate in Chipata as opposed to Vubwi.
He noted that other departments had followed the directive by
the Permanent secretary Dr. Chilehse Mulenga and relocated to the newly
Mr Luhanga advised those who do not want to move to Vubwi district to
resign and warned that they will be fired if they do not move to the
district within ten days.
Last month, eastern province permanent Secretary Dr. Mulenga directed
all officers destined for Vubwi to relocate to the district before the
end of November.
However, some officers defied the directive and continued to operate
in Chipata prompting the provincial administration to lock up
the offices for the two departments .