By DARLINGTON MWENDABAI
SECRETARY to the Cabinet Roland Msiska is shocked with high levels of greed and corruption in the public service, citing a case in which a health institution in Northern Province purportedly employed 44 ghost workers. These included a nutritionist to run a mortuary.
Dr Msiska said one health institution in Northern Province included 44 “ghost workers” on the payroll and a nutritionist to run a mortuary when such services were not necessary.
Dr Msiska said this when he addressed public service workers at Chipata College of Education on Monday evening.
“There are a lot of horrors in the public service. In Northern Province we found 44 ghost workers including a nutritionist manning a mortuary with four beds,” Dr Msiska said.
He said 5,000 “ghost workers” in the public service were included on the payroll by selfish people who do not care about the country.
Dr Msiska said petty corruption, selfishness and greed are destroying Zambia’s public service which is the best in Africa after Nigeria and Ghana.
He challenged civil servants to be professional in the execution of their duties because Government wants a corruption-free public service as the country celebrates the Golden Jubilee independence anniversary this year.
Dr Msiska also urged civil servants to help Government to deliver quality services and help address the problems in the public service instead of contributing to the challenges being faced.
He also said Government is working on a10-year payroll structure plan to correct distortions and harmonise salaries.
Dr Msiska said all workers are good planners considering the manner in which they run their homes and that the same attitude should be extended to their government responsibilities.
He also said he does not expect workers to “sit” on files and create an impression that Government is not working.
Eastern Province medical officer Kennedy Malama said in a vote of thanks that he will ensure that the public service is corruption-free and that workers will do their part to achieve this.
Dr Malama commended Cabinet Office for embarking on the harmonisation of salaries, which has boosted the morale of civil servants.