Absentee workers reap where they did not sow

THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was yesterday shocked to hear that two officers at the Copperbelt provincial administration were paid over K120,000 despite not reporting for work for over a year.
And the Western Province administration has asked the treasury to help it dismantle over K14 million debt it has accrued since 2015.
The latest Auditor General’s report revealed that the two officers were paid K124,553 between January 2020 to April this year (13 months) despite not working due to alleged sickness.
The report also indicated that there was no evidence to prove that the officers were indeed sick.
Appearing before the committee yesterday, Copperbelt Acting Permanent Secretary Robert Zulu says the administration delayed to take action as prescribed in the terms and conditions due to the prolonged ailments.
“But, regrettably, their supervisors delayed to take the necessary [action] so that they are CLICK TO READ MORE

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