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Civil service to wear new face – Msiska

SECRETARY to Cabinet Roland Msiska (left) and Ministry of Home Affairs permanent secretary Chileshe Mulenga during the Smart Zambia cleaning exercise at Embassy Park in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

SECRETARY to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska says the public service will have a new outlook from January 1, 2016.
Dr Msiska said following President Lungu’s address at a press conference recently, measures have been instituted in the public service to reduce costs.
“The President talked about abolition of personal-to-holder vehicles, reduction in delegations when travelling out of the country among others. All this will happen in January, so come 1st January 2016, you’ll see a very different public service,” he said.
He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at Cabinet Office, where he led a group of civil servants in cleaning the surroundings in accordance with President Lungu’s directive of making Zambia clean.
Dr Msiska said having a smart Zambia is about ensuring that surroundings are clean, hence the presidential directive to conduct clean-up exercises every first Saturday of the month.
Dr Msiska noted that the original plan for Lusaka was that it be a garden city.
“Look at these plastics lying around. They block drainages during rainy seasons and then water damages the roads. How can Lusaka be a garden city like that? It doesn’t cost anything to have a clean environment,” Dr Msiska said.
He also said it is the duty of every Zambian to ensure that Lusaka becomes a garden city by ensuring that litter is disposed of in designated places.

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