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Stop gossiping, civil servants urged

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
CENTRAL Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale has implored civil servants against gossiping and backbiting in Government offices because such behaviour is destructive and counterproductive.
“Please, don’t gossip, even gossiping among yourselves it is not good. Please, I beg you, let’s work at building each other and not destroying each other,” Ms Mutale said.
She said she does not believe in the culture of destroying each other but of fostering a harmonious working environment.
Ms Mutale said this in Kabwe yesterday when she addressed heads of Government departments.
She is happy with the work culture of civil servants, which had improved in the second quarter of 2014 and called for continued teamwork.
She called for improved communication, time keeping, orderliness, timely monitoring of projects and submission of detailed reports as well as participating in national events by heads of departments, which is mandatory.
Ms Mutale appealed to the heads of departments to ensure that Government premises have good quality national flags.
She is saddened that some Government premises have torn and worn-out national flags.
“I have been singing about flags. Can we make sure that we have got new flags? Flags are not expensive and let’s have proper flags flying,” Ms Mutale said.
She said authority to travel out the country is granted by Cabinet Office, hence civil servants should make requests at least 28 days before the date of departure.
She said travelling out of the country without Cabinet Office’s approval is not allowed and is a chargeable offence.

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