NANCY SIAME & HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
CIVIL servants have pledged their commitment to working in line with President Lunguâ€™s vision of delivering quality services to the people of Zambia.
Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambian (CSAWUZ) general secretary Joy Beene said in an interview yesterday that civil servants are in support of the Presidentâ€™s cause to develop the country.
On Thursday, President Lungu directed permanent secretaries to ensure civil servants begin working in line with his desire to deliver quality services to Zambians in 2017.
â€œWe understand that we are the engine driven by politicians to deliver services to the people of Zambia,â€ Mr Beene said. READ MORE
He said that civil servants will work in line with Governmentâ€™s development agenda.
Mr Beene appealed to all civil servants to make it a 2017 resolution to stay away from petty corruption, laziness and insubordination for quality services to be delivered to the people.
â€œWe tend to think that corruption only involves senior government workers because huge sums of money are involved, but the truth of the matter is that even ordinary civil servants engage in petty corruption, which should be avoided,â€ Mr Beene said.
And the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says President Lunguâ€™s zeal to deliver quality services to the people of Zambia must be supported by all.
The congressâ€™ president, Chishimba Nkole, said Government policies cannot be implemented without the input of civil servants.
â€œThe President needs an effective cadre of civil servants to deliver services to the people,â€ he said.
Mr Nkole said the civil service must start thinking of bringing corruption to zero, which is possible with determination and commitment.
â€œWe support the Presidentâ€™s directive to the civil service, it is a moral issue which he does not even need to talk about,â€ Mr Nkole said.
And ZCTU general secretary Cosmas Mukuka urged Government to continue improving the welfare of the workers in the coming years to ensure effective service delivery.
He said the salary increments that have been awarded to the workers could best be effected by the implementation of an annual notch system.
â€œOur co-existence is to ensure that all civil servants and other workers deliver quality services to the people,â€ Mr Mukuka said.
He said ZCTU will continue engaging Government on various issues concerning workers.