Civil servants should be non-partisan because their role is very clear that they are supposed to ensure that government programmes are implemented, North Western province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo has said.
And Mr Mateyo has advised civil servants to bring to an end tribal talk among themselves in North-western Province.
Speaking when he addressed civil servants in Kasempa, Mr Mateyo advised civil servants to remain non-partisan and support the government by implementing its policies.
He said politics should be left to politicians adding that public service workers should concentrate on service delivery.
Mr Mateyo said the people of Kasempa should not be denied an opportunity to benefit from the various programmes that government had put in place.
“The guidelines are very clear, our mandate is to support and implement government programmes. Therefore, our attention should be focused on what we were employed for,” Mr Mateyo said.
He said 2016 was a critical year for the public service and civil servants should not be misinforming members of the public but remain truthful in their dealings and continue providing services to the public.
Mr Mateyo emphasised the need for civil servants to remain united and avoid tribal talks.
He said development could only be realised when the people worked closely with each other.
And Mr Mateyo has advised civil servants with political ambitions to leave the public service. He said President Edgar Lungu has made it clear that civil servant seeking political offices should resign from public service.
‘’It’s your constitutional right to seek political office, but all you need to do is resign from the civil service as the head of state has stated. And I will be more than willing to append my signature on your resignation letter,” he said.
And speaking on behalf of the civil servants in the district, Kasempa district commissioner Goodson Kadansa assured the permanent secretary that civil servants in the district would continue upholding the tenets of the public service.
He said civil servants in the area were aware that their allegiance was to the government of the day and that they would remain faithful and continue carrying out government programmes.