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Copperbelt PS to report partisan civil servants

MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola
COPPERBELT permanent secretary Howard Sikwela says he will soon submit a report to the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) on civil servants allegedly engaging in partisan politics because this is negatively affecting service delivery.
Reverend Sikwela said service delivery has been hampered because some civil servants are expending their energies on partisan politics instead of service delivery.
Speaking when Local Government Service Commission vice chairperson Andrew Mwanakalangwa and his delegation paid a courtesy call on him on Monday, Rev Sikwela said he would soon submit details of civil servants who are involved in partisan politics.
“There is a lot of work that has to be done as we approach the 2016 tripartite elections. Already, some of our officers have taken certain stance with some political parties and these are partisan politics,” he said.
Rev Sikwela is concerned that service delivery is affected when civil servants get involved in partisan politics.
He, however, said Government has not encountered major problems with town clerks and senior officers but with junior staff.
He is also concerned about the illegal allocation of plots involving some councillors.
Rev Sikwela said he has received reports of some councillors’ involvement in illegal land transactions.
“I want to state that even some of the council staff are actually involved in the menace and this is creating real difficulties in land audits because these are the same people who are supposed to give us the information,” he said.
And Mr Mwanakalangwa said his three-man delegation is on the Copperbelt to consider recommendations for promotions and to handle disciplinary cases submitted before the commission.
“That is why we are here. We have received submissions from the town clerks and we are working on the submissions,” he said.
He said a detailed report of the visit on the Copperbelt will be made later.

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