Central Province PS unhappy with imported labour force from other provinces
Central Province Permanent Secretary, Edwidge Mutale says she will not accept general workers employed from Lusaka during the Public Service Recruitment Exercise in the province.
Mrs Mutale says this is because it is not right for general workers to be employed from the Ministry headquarters at the expense of the local people in the area.
She said this in Kapiri-Mposhi yesterday during her familiarisation tour and visit of developmental projects in the district.
Mrs Mutale stated that she has no problems taking on categorised employees from other areas who have special expertise that may be required in the province but that she has issues accepting Classified Daily Employees because these can be employed from within the province.
“What expertise are the drivers and office orderlies recruited from Lusaka going to bring that my people in this province do not have? It is not right to employee general workers from Lusaka because we also have people that have already been employed to take up those positions from various districts within the province, where are we going to take them?’’ she wondered.
The Permanent Secretary further advised the people sending general workers from other areas to come to the province to stop this immediately, saying she was given authority to only employ general workers from the confines of the province.
“You see, this must be stopped because it will defeat what is contained in the PF manifesto regarding the provision of employment. The PF government promised employment to the youths but if the youths at provincial and district levels do not get the chance to be employed when opportunities are available within the province, when will they be employed?” she asked.
Mrs Mutale emphasised that she is not going to accept imported casual labour force at the expense of the locals, adding that she will send back all general workers coming from Lusaka and promised that she will ensure that deserving people from within the province are taken on.
Earlier, Kapiri-Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe asked why she was receiving general workers from Lusaka despite the instruction from Secretary to Cabinet, Dr Roland Msiska to ensure that general workers are employed locally.
“Madam PS, I just want to know why my office has been receiving Classified Daily Employees from Lusaka yet my office was instructed to employee indigenous people from within the district to positions of Office Orderlies and Drivers. So, what has changed?’’ wondered Ms Sikazwe.