PESIDENT Edgar Lungu has warned civil servants against engaging themselves in partisan politics but instead concentrate on service delivery to the people they serve.
He said this at State House yesterday when he swore in former Inspector General of Police Ephraim Mateo as North Western Province permanent secretary, Owen Zulu as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education and Emmanuel Mali as public policy analyst at Cabinet Office.
President Lungu warned the trio to act professionally by not allowing political developments in the country to drag them into unnecessary political struggles by ensuring that they acted diligently towards the demand of their positions to foster development according to the PF’s development agenda.
He said the country was going into a tricky period when the political atmosphere was tense but urged them to remain focused by not allowing political statements and threats to compromise their jobs.
“I urge you to focus on your jobs and leave politics to us politicians. This is an election year and a lot of politicians will come to you with threats that they will sort you out once they form government but don’t allow yourselves to be used by these politicians.
“Your duty is to ensure that you deliver to the people of Zambia according to the promises we gave them in 2011 and I expect you to work hard to ensure that we continue to deliver according to our promises. Let no one threaten you but stay focused,” President Lungu said.
He said there was no need to panic that those appointed by Government would be sorted out if an opposition political party won an election because the PF Government would still win this year’s polls.
And Government has not renewed contracts for Ministry of Justice permanent Secretary for administration Joseph Akafumba and his Ministry of Higher Education counterpart Patrick Nkhanza.
There have also been reshuffles in the Ministries of Labour and Lands where permanent secretaries Barnaby Mulenga and Trevor Kaumba have swapped offices respectively while Amos Malupenga has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
Other changes have seen Mbololwa Muyaba moving to cabinet office as Permanent Secretary in the remuneration office while Misheck Lungu has been moved to the Ministry of Communication and Transport in the same capacity.
Meanwhile, the Government Mining industry Technical Audit Committee (GMTAC) yesterday presented its report on the current state of the Zambia mining industry and the way forward in overcoming the challenges facing the mining sector to President Lungu.
GMTAC chairperson Sixtus Mulenga handed over the report before making a brief overview of the committee’s findings and the way forward in tackling the challenges in the mining sector.