CHIEF government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said that some civil servants are pilfering drugs and selling them to private drug stores.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said at a press briefing at State House yesterday shortly after a Cabinet meeting that his ministry and the Ministry of Health will inform the nation on a monthly basis on drugs and other health matters.
“There is sabotage in the distribution of medicines. Some civil servants have been pilfering drugs to sell to private individuals and thereby creating an artificial shortage,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said Cabinet has further allowed two ministries every two weeks to give the nation an update on the various projects they are undertaking.
“There is a lot of propaganda and lies by the opposition and we can only counter that by telling the people the truth and what we are doing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili said Government has tasked the police to investigate leakages of confidential Government documents.
He said leakages of Government confidential documents became rampant in the last three years and if left unchecked, the practice can put the security of the country at risk.
“We have tasked the police to investigate this issue. Report anyone found leaking documents to police but we are not panicking because the Access to Information Bill is before the Attorney General and will soon be tabled before Parliament,” Mr Kambwili said .
And special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said at the same briefing that State House is not worried about the leakage of some documents.
“There is really no need for bugging Government offices because we are now telling you what Cabinet discusses. But it is still an offence to bug and besides, we can still know who is leaking even if a writer quotes ‘sources’,” Mr Chanda said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili said Cabinet has approved a bill to rename the Revenue Appeals Tribunal as the Tax Appeals Tribunal.
Mr Kambwili said the purpose of the change is to ensure that the name accurately describes the functions of the tribunal.