Civil servants should stay away from politics


By A Correspondent

CIVIL servants should stay away from politics and devote their time to serving communities to which they have been posted, says Sinda district administrative officer Codrington Sakala.

Mr Sakala said he was however grateful that his office had not received reports of civil servants taking part in active politics.

“It is a sad story about  those Katete civil servants who have been fired for taking part in active politics; as for Sinda we have not received any information about our members taking sides with politicians,” he said.

Mr Sakala warned that politicians would not save civil servants if they committed political crimes and it was for that reason  that civil servants should distance themselves from politicians.

“A civil servant can’t be saved by a politician who influences him or her to misbehave, so the best thing for civil servants is to work with government of the day.

“If a Government worker commits a crime against the system, he will meet the law in court and the politicians will not save them in anyway. May I send the message of warning to all civil servants in the district to secure their jobs by doing right things that won’t complicate their positions,” said Mr Sakala.

Last week, Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said two  female teachers who were still on the run had been fired since they had absented themselves  from work for a long period.

The two teachers bolted after they were accused of collecting NRC cards and voters cards on behalf of  the opposition UPND in the region.

Meanwhile, Sinda Reformed Church in Zambia reverend Daniel Shamvu has welcomed the idea by President Edgar Lungu to create a ministry to deal with religious affairs.

In interview Rev Shamvu said it was a good move by the President to think of creating such a ministry because that would allow the clergy who were flocking into politics to express their talents.

He said currently there were many pastors, bishops and reverends diverting into politics so with the creation of the ministry it would help them express their talents.

He also expected all the churches to support the move as it will also benefit the church.

Last week President Edgar Lungu announced his Government’s plans to create a ministry of religious affairs to promote Christian values in Zambia.

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