—North Western Province Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga, has called for warm working relationship between civil servants and District Commissioners if they are to effectively serve the people in the area.
Mr Malupenga made the call when he addressed heads of government departments in Kabompo.
He said since coming to the province he has observed that civil servants in some districts do not work well with their colleagues and have a tendency to antagonize District Commissioners.
Mr Malupenga said some District Administrative Officers in North Western province were also in the habit of underrating DCs, warning that this practice must come to a stop forthwith.
The PS told the heads of departments that he has come to the province to change the scenario to make civil servants to perform to the expectations of the government and people in the province.
He further cautioned civil servants against falling prey to tribalism as that was the major obstacle retarding developmental progress in North Western province since Independence.
Mr Malupenga said civil servants have a critical role to play in bringing the status of North Western province to the level of other provinces where tribalism is almost nonexistent.
He said eliminating tribalism tendencies cannot be achieved unless civil servants lead by example through cultivating warm working relationships among themselves and respect DCs who are appointed by the President.
He said antagonism among civil servants must end immediately, warning that he will be left with no option but to take stern action against involved officers if the problem is left to escalate out of control.
And Kabompo DC, Febby Manda, said civil servants in the district were loyal to the government of the day and enjoy a warm relationship with each other.
She said civil servants were hard working and delivering to the expectations of government.