Solwezi civil servants ignore Cabinet circular

Civil servants in Solwezi have ignored Cabinet’s directive to clean Government institutions first Saturday of every month as part of the Smart Zambia Campaign.

A check by the Daily Nation in all Government institutions in Solwezi at the weekend found that civil servants did not adhere to the directive apart from staff at the district and provincial administrations respectively.

According to circular number CO 51/5/2 of 2015, civil servants were directed to be actively involved in the cleaning of Government premises and surroundings on the first Saturday of every month.

“You are all therefore required to report in your various departments at 09:00 hours for the above exercise and let us work together to eradicate diseases by making Zambia a smart nation that everyone will be proud of,” the circular read in part.

And acting Solwezi district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa was dismayed at the failure by civil servants to adhere to the directive.

He said civil servants should always ensure that all directives were adhered to without fail.

“It is sad to note that despite Cabinet’s directive our colleagues in almost all departments decided to stay away from this important activity,” he said.

And in Lusaka, some suspected ‘‘callboys’’ stationed at Lusaka’s Simoson building threatened traders against participating in the Keep Zambia Clean Campaign because the exercise would disturb their business activities.

Simoson Enterprises Limited director and administrator Chitambala Mwewa confirmed that the cleaning programme in the area was interrupted by the callboys who threatened the traders against taking part in the exercise.

He said the business community wanted to take part in cleaning all the surrounding areas, in response to the Government’s call to have a smart Zambia.

Mr Mwelwa said it was time the Government took action against the callboys who wanted to put the name of the Government into disrepute.

He said the callboys had in the past harassed and threatened innocent citizens in the area, and that the business community had tried to control the situation but in vain.

“We couldn’t take part in cleaning in our area because of these callboys who are giving themselves powers and come in the name of party cadres, threatening to beat up and harass our people here. We are appealing to the Government to remove them all,” he said.