The permanent secretary in the ministry of community development and social services has told the parlaimetary accounts committee that his ministry has managed to retrieve K148 million in unretired imprest.
Teddy Kasonso said over K5 million was recovered from a former minister, K27 million and K115 million from two former deputy ministers and K101 from other officers in the ministry.
Mr Kasonso said the ministry was still remaining with K19 million to recover in unretired imprest.
He explained that he has since written to the officers who have not retired the imprest to do so failure immediately failure to which the ministry will start deducting the money from their salaries starting next month.
He added that the affected officers will not be allowed to travel on government expense until they have retired the imprest.
On the distribution of hammermills purchased in December 2005 worth over K59 million meant for women groups, Mr Kasonso explained that two were given two women organisations in Lwampa constitunecy in Kaoma while the other two were given to
Keembe member of parliament who has since been written to explain where he took the hammermills.
The chairperson pointed out that there was need for civil servants to protect government property and resources by following laid down procedure.