A Chinese national was among the drivers impounded by ministry of works and supply officers yesterday for driving a government vehicle without any documentation that allows government workers to drive government vehicle.
The Chinese national who was driving from the east was impounded at waterfalls check point where ministry officials had mounted their road block on the great east road and failed to explain himself as to why he was driving a government vehicle without documentation prompting the ministry officials to impound the vehicle and instruct the Chinese national to come to the ministry of works and supply on Monday
Minister of works and supply Felix mutati says government has intensified the control of usage and abuse of government vehicles on weekends and after working hours by launching the first phase of a nationwide campaign which saw a lock down of Lusaka province.
All the 4 main entry points into the province had road blocks mounted by ministry of works and supply officials.
Speaking in kabwe were he was part of the team of officers who mounted a road block at mulungushi university, Mr. Mutati says his ministry had intensified the control of government vehicles abuse as way of controlling use of tax payers money and usage of public resources.
He says government vehicles were part of the assets that belonged to the people of zambia and that it was his duty to control the usage of people’s assets and prevent abuse being perpetuated by those who are allergic to following the rules adding that there is need to bring back discipline and order in the usage of people’s resources.
Meanwhile senior inspector of government transport john chisanga says the ministry has recorded some compliance in the usage of government vehicles on weekends and after working hours since the commencement of the exercise to cramp down on the abuse of government vehicles on weekends and after working hours.
Mr. Chisanga explained that though they are some radicals who are still giving them problems in their execution of duty the exercise has recorded some level of compliance as people have started to follow procedure as can be seen from the reduction in the number of culprits.
The exercise which started three weeks ago to control the usage of government vehicles during weekends and after working hours continued on Saturday with ministry officers mounting 4 road blocks in Lusaka and an extra 2 in kabwe.