GOVERNMENT has halted the sale of motor vehicles to eligible Government officials until the Ministry of Works and Supply ascertains that procedures stipulated by Cabinet were followed and all issues and concerns raised by members of the public were addressed.
Minister of Works and supply Yamfwa Mukanga said his ministry will have to verify the vehicles that had been offered for sale in each of the ministries, provinces and spending agencies (MPSAs) to ensure that the institutions adhered to the directive by Cabinet in offering the vehicles for sale.
Mr. Mukanga however said that the sale of the motor vehicles will commence once the verification was done as the implementation of Cabinet’s decision to sell the vehicles was made in the best interest of the country as it would lead to a significant reduction in the cost of running and maintaining Government fleet of motor vehicles.
“The Ministry of Works and Supply is putting on hold the sale of motor vehicles to eligible senior Government officials until all the issues raised by various stakeholders are addressed.
“In view of some of the issues that have arisen and some of concerns raised by the stakeholders, the ministry will verify the vehicles that have been offered for sale in each of the MPSA’s to ensure that these institutions have strictly adhered to the directive by Cabinet in offering these vehicles to eligible officers,” Mr. Mukanga said.
He said the sale of Government vehicles will benefit the country as it would reduce Government expenditure while allaying fears that Government drivers would lose their jobs, saying their employment was secure.
“We would like to assure the nation that the implementation of this decision will lead to a significant reduction in the cost of running and maintaining Government fleet of motor vehicles.
“The savings from this implementation of this measure will be channelled to the provision of other public services and none of the drivers employed by Government will be laid off,” he said.
In October 2011, Cabinet asked Government to implement cost-saving measures in order to contribute to a reduction in the cost of running the affairs of the country.
Last year, Government approved the decision to sell motor vehicles to senior Government officials above the position of chief planner or their equivalent as a cost-saving measure.
The decision means that Government will sell a total of 1,405 motor vehicles to eligible officers while remaining with 2,692 pool vehicles to be strictly used to deliver essential public services.