Veteran politician Venon Mwaanga has charged that the continued appointment of party cadres in sensitive positions is compromising the efficiency of the civil service in the country.
Speaking in an interview Mr. Mwaanga noted that the PF has systematically been retiring professionals with experience in the civil service and replacing them with party cadres without any knowledge and experience to run some of the institutions they are being given to run.
He noted that efforts were being made to streamline the civil service by the previous government in order to make them work in more effective efficient manner but it seems to have been thrown out by the current government.
“Some time ago there was an effort to streamline the civil service to ensure that they perform in a much more efficient and effective but this appears to have been thrown out the window in the recent past because we have seen new districts been created; we have also seen the appointment of party cadres into very sensitive positions in the public service which compromise efficiency,” said Mr. Mwaanga.
And Mr. Mwaanga has observed that a bloated civil service is not a guarantee that government will deliver to the satisfaction of the public.
Mr. Mwaanga says it is a pit that the diplomatic service is being used as a dumping ground for party cadres…
The veteran politician says the country does not need a bloated public service to deliver the services that the public want.
He notes that what the country needs is a leaner public service that will deliver the services required by the people as opposed to a bloated one that does not deliver to the necessary services to its citizens.
“We need a smaller and leaner as well as more effective public service because that is the type of public service that will be able to deliver the services that the Zambian public would want to see.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Mwaanga says it is a pit that the diplomatic service is being used as a dumping ground for party cadres when the country should be maintaining a professional diplomatic service which is important in managing the country’s world affairs.
He said international relations has considerably changed hence the need to have a trained and experienced diplomatic service to handle the country’s international relations in a more professional and efficient manner.