Public service inertia irks MPs




THE Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba, Zambia Revenue Authority acting commissioner general Brigitte Muyenga and their team were sent back by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) due to late submissions of responses to the report of the Auditor General on accounts for the financial year 2014.

Speaking to the team, PAC chairperson Gertrude Imenda said Mr Yamba and his team did not give the committee ample time to study the submission as it was submitted at the last minute.

Ms Imenda said the late submission showed the inefficiency in the public service.

“I sympathise with the ST, this shows the kind of inefficiency we have in our public service because the whole system is to blame. They knew that they were supposed to appear and his subordinates waited till the last minute to make him come and sign; this is very dangerous.

“This issue I recall even President Edgar Lungu complained that people bring things to him at the minute to sign,” she said.

Ms Imenda said signing documents at the last minute was dangerous as one would sign something whose contents were unknown.

She appealed to the public financial service to be more efficient.

“This business of signing things at the last minute is very dangerous because you can sign something whose contents you are not familiar with but that shows the inefficiency of the whole system of our public service,” she said.

Mr Yamba, who apologised to the committee for the late submission, said he was surprised when he was called to make the submission because he was on local leave.

He said the team would take the advice of the committee and ensure the same mistake was not repeated.

“I would like to apologise for the late submission. I was actually surprised when I was told to sign the papers because I am on local leave,” he said.

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