Bold decisions a must, says Lungu

PRESIDENT-ELECT Edgar Lungu speaks during mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church at State Lodge in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

NANCY SIAME, State House
PRESIDENT Lungu says he will not be afraid of making difficult decisions which may not produce immediate benefits for the country but will in the long run improve the lives of citizens.
And the President has called for the speedy implementation of the electronic governance (e-governance) system at Cabinet Office and other government institutions.
He said he will make decisions that benefit Zambians and not individuals.
President Lungu said this at State House yesterday when he swore in national coordinator for the Centre of Excellence for E-governance and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Martine Mtonga.
“The decisions I am making now will only begin to bear fruit in the next few years.
“Then we will be able to explain our successes to the people after they have seen the fruits,” the President said.
President Lungu said as he makes decisions for the benefit of the country as well as revamping the civil service, he will not be constrained by political consideration on who to work with.
He urged civil servants to work hard as they would soon be recognised and rise to higher positions if they showed their competence.
“The doors are still open to those outside the civil service as we are looking for a way of revamping the civil service,” the President said.
And President Lungu has called for the expedition of the implementation of the e-governance system because he wants it to be part of his legacy.
He expressed concern that the country has continued to lag when it comes to ICT especially in the civil service.
President Lungu urged Dr Mtonga to expedite the implementation of e-governance in government institutions.
“You are taking up a position which is very critical in our governance system as we go the electronic way.
“This means you must do your best to expedite the implementation of e-governance at Cabinet Office and the whole spectrum of Government,” he said.
And speaking in an interview with journalists after the ceremony, Dr Mtonga said he would engage all stakeholders to bridge the gap and use ICT to bring effectiveness in the civil service.

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