Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has sent a strong message to late coming civil servants by turning away those that came late for work.
Lusaka made an impromptu visit to the Lusaka Provincial administration office and turned away late comers at the gate.
Lusambo has since revealed that the late comers will get a deduction from their salaries for a day’s worth of pay.
Below is his full statement:
REPORTING LATE FOR WORK IS TANTAMOUNT TO THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS
This morning I sent away around 45 civil servants at the Lusaka Provincial administration for reporting late for work. I personally closed the main gate exactly 08:00 hrs and chased everyone who reported after that.
Since I was transferred to Lusaka from Ndola, I have observed a bad culture of reporting late for work among the civil servants at my office.
Civil service guidelines stipulate that work starts at 08:00 Hrs but it is worrying that some civil servants report for late around 09:00 Hours which frustrates the delivery of public services to our people and for me this is tantamount to stealing public funds.
I will now write to the Ministry of Finance to dock a day’s wage from the salaries of the 45 public service workers whom I sent home today.
As long as I remain Minister, I will ensure that civil servants deliver for the work they are paid for. His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the great leader has demonstrated hard work as he reports for work way before 08:00 Hrs and as such, we should emulate his example.