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Political civil servants worry PS

MALUPENGA

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
NORTH-WESTERN permanent secretary Amos Malupenga says he is concerned about the conduct of civil servants in the province who are engaging in partisan politics.
Mr Malupenga said such conduct is unethical and unprofessional, especially as the country prepares for the 2016 general elections.
He told journalists at his office yesterday that civil servants involved in partisan politics are doing so at their own peril.
“As provincial administration, we are aware that a high number of civil servants in this province have become political and let me state here that such conduct is unethical and unprofessional.
“Civil servants must concentrate on implementing policies and programmes which are being introduced by the government of the day,” Mr Malupenga said.
He urged civil servants to leave politics to politicians saying such behaviour, if left unchecked, will affect the delivery of services to the public.
Mr Malupenga said where it is established that some civil servants are engaging in partisan politics, disciplinary action will be taken against the culprits.
“Now sadly, more and more of our civil servants across all sectors have become more of political operatives rather than civil servants, and I want to remind my colleagues in the civil service that the danger of becoming political is that service delivery is hampered,” Mr Malupenga said.
He said government does not want to deprive the civil servants of their rights to choose leaders of their choice through voting but is discouraging them from associating themselves with political parties.
Mr Malupenga said Government delivers development to the people through civil servants, who are the technocrats, and not through politicians.
He said Government is undertaking a number of development projects in North-Western Province which civil servants must closely monitor to ensure they are delivered on time.

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