Govt explains civil servants’ re-deployment
Kaoma, July 25th, 2014, ZANIS — Government has dismissed assertions that it has laid-off more than one hundred civil servants in western province.
Western Province minister Richwell Siamunene says the affected workers assumed to have been sacked were employed pending to be posted to other districts and departments in the province.
Mr. Siamunene said government was simply seeking to re-deploy them to other districts where their services are required.
He said the PF government had identified that there was over-employment in certain districts and has thus decided that the affected civil servants be relocated to localities where such vacancies are available.
Mr Siamunene assured the concerned civil servants not to panic as they will continue receiving salaries before being deployed to the new districts.
Meanwhile, Chief Mutondo of the Nkoya-speaking people in Kaoma district has commended President Sata for creating Luampa and Nkeyema districts which were previously annexed to Kaoma.
Chief Mutondo said the decentralisation programme will create both informal and formal employment for many youths and bring government services closer to the people in his chiefdom.
The traditional leader said this when Western province minister Richwell Siamunene paid a courtesy call on him at his palace today.
Chief Mutondo also appealed to government to hasten the construction of the 33kv Mangango power line from Kaoma main substation.
And Mr Siamunene said government is in a hurry to bring development to the people in the area by tarring the Katunda – Lukulu – Watopa road under the Link Zambia 8000 road project.
He said though the design for the road has not yet been done; the project is receiving favourable attention from government as it is under the procurement stage.
Mr Siamunene said though it was expensive to build roads in Western Province because of its rough terrain, government was keen to improving the road infrastructure in the area.