HAKAINDE Hichilema says he has continued receiving reports of civil servants and public sector workers from quasi-government institutions being arbitrarily dismissed, transferred and intimidated on suspicion of sympathising with the opposition.
But Local Government Minister Steven Kampyongo says Mr Hichilema should be ashamed of himself for attempting to recruit civil servants to be his cadres.
Mr Kampyongo said government would never allow civil servants to be engaged in active politics.
He said those who would be found engaging in active politics risked being dismissed.
“You tell HH that he should be ashamed of himself for trying to recruit civil servants because you cannot have a situation where the system is paralysed,” Mr Kampyongo said.
He said government would not tolerate anybody engaging in active politics including those who would want to be PF cadres.
Mr Hichilema has assured all those who had been dismissed and transferred that he would restore them to their positions as well as pay their salaries and allowances on time.
According a statement issued to Sunday Nation, Mr Hichilema said the casualties were those in the security wings, such as police officers that try to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
“This is a total violation of the resolutions of the recently held political parties Indaba organised by the church mother bodies that called for an end to such acts,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said it was also a violation of the people’s civil liberties and counter to the principles of running a professional civil service.
“As UPND, we want to reassure all those who have faced such illegal acts that we shall restore them to their positions and pay their salaries and allowances, hence they must just consider themselves as being on holiday for now,” Mr Hichilema said.
He also said the UPND was fully committed to running a professional civil service that would be depoliticised, well remunerated, and paid on time once the UPND was voted into office on 11 August 2016.
“All this is necessary for the skilled, diligent and hardworking civil service we need if we are going to advance and implement our 10 Point Plan to fix Zambia,” Mr Hichilema said.