Lungu warns unproductive civil servants

SOME civil servants are working against Government and are dragging its programmes backwards, President Edgar Lungu has revealed.

He said it was disappointing to see civil servants who had been tasked to handle and administer the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) steal the inputs which they later offered for sale.

“I am aware that some civil servants are not with us. Some of these civil servants are being unreasonable by stealing fertilizer under the FISP programme.  Some have been arrested so far,” said President Lungu.

Addressing a well-attended rally at the Mkushi show grounds, President Lungu warned that he would get rid of all thieving civil servants and those working against his administration.

He said no one should complain if dismissed from the service for being disloyal to his Government.

And President Lungu said millers were working against Government by increasing prices of mealie meal despite getting cheaper maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

He said he will not allow milling companies to sabotage the economy of the country by making the prices of mealie meal unaffordable

to many Zambians. He warned millers against sabotaging Government’s efforts to better the lives of the people of Zambia.

“Why should you buy mealie meal at the current high prices when you people in Mkushi are the producers of maize? The conduct of these millers is sabotaging the country’s economy, ” said President Lungu.

He said his Government would not allow poor Zambians to be abused by those owning milling companies.

President Lungu warned that if the trend continued he would have no option but to put in place price controls on the country’s staple food.

He said he would not shy away or be scared by taking such decisions as long as they were in the best interest of the people of Zambia.

” I will not shy away from acting by putting in place measures that will regulate pricing of commodities.  They should not blame me for that because they are being insincere with the people of Zambia,,” said President Lungu.

And President Lungu expressed disappointment with Karen Construction Company working on the 20km Mkushi township roads for failure to perform to expectations as the company had done three kilometres in three years.

“Where is Ba Mukupa (Samuel) RDA board chairperson? Why haven’t you finished the road? That is why Zambian contractors are a let-down,” said President Lungu who was mobbed by people who demanded that the contract be terminated.

President Lungu said Zambian contractors were most extravagant in the manner they conducted their business.

Keren manager Kapemba Siwale  told the President that the project had taken  long to complete because it sourced all materials from Lusaka, Luanshya and Chingola.

President Lungu who was displeased and disappointed said he would be meeting the Minister of Local Government to act on the contractor.

President Lungu was in the Central Province to check on development activities  and earlier in the morning held discussions with teachers and union members from BETUZ and PROTUZ.