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Consult over transfers, commission told

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Local Government and Housing John Phiri has cautioned Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) commissioners to consult widely with central Government and local authorities before transferring council workers.
Dr Phiri said LGSC’s powers to transfer officers without consulting the affected councils have been criticised in the past.
He said this when he met and introduced the newly-appointed commissioners at his office in Lusaka yesterday.
“You must ensure that employees of the local government service perform duties in a professional, diligent and meritorious manner so that councils, which are responsible for the implementation of national policies, deliver the social services to the communities,” he said.
The minister also urged the commissioners to ensure effective mobilisation and equitable distribution of human resource for efficient, effective and sustainable service delivery in local authorities.
He said the commission will be guided by the values of professionalism, commitment, transparency, integrity and team work.
Dr Phiri also said that the commission should make every effort to recruit suitable staff for councils and to resolve employees’ disputes.
“You should do so in the ways which do not offend the rule of natural justice and related principles of fairness and reasonableness as well as procedural justice and regularity,” he said.
The minister also said that the commission has to ensure all councils have qualified skilled staff for effective service delivery to the public.
Dr Phiri also called on commissioners to harmonise the salaries in all local authorities so that transfer and secondment of officers from one council to the other are made easy.


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