Civil servants in Choma loafing as there are “No govt offices in Choma”

Many civil servants forcibly transferred from Livingstone to Choma are just loafing because there is no office space to operate from.

President Sata recently ordered that the provincial capital be relocated to Choma from Livingstone and provincial minister Daniel Munkombwe later instructed that all civil servants shift to the new capital where the workers are now spending most of their time looking for accommodation and office space to rent instead of working.

This came to light during a random survey carried out by the Daily Nation in Choma last week.

Civil servants spoken to confirmed the development and stated that several officers were just squatting in other people’s offices adding that the situation was the same with accommodation where more than four people are renting a single room.

“The situation is really bad. There is no privacy something must be done otherwise the officers are just loafing” they said.

Several officers who shifted with their families to Choma have been forced to rent houses in shanty compounds due to lack of accommodation.

Others have complained that the relocation must have been done gradually and professionally than forcing the people to move while unprepared.

The survey also revealed that some officers are not in favour of the decision to relocate the capital city and have since asked for leave days to avoid being pushed around by Mr Munkombwe and his PF members.Efforts to get a comment from Mr Munkombwe proved futile as he was reported to have travelled to Kazungula district where he was campaigning for the PF candidate in the Sekute ward by election.

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