Government has directed the Northwestern Province Accounts Control Office to ensure no civil servant engages in business with government to avoid flouting the public procurement Act.
Northwestern province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga says he’s concerned that companies owned by civil servants have become main suppliers of goods and services with the provincial administration and government departments in the province, a situation he said was unacceptable.
He warned that he will not take kindly any officer found flouting financial and Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) provisions which has been a repeated audit query in the last two audit reports of 2012 and 2013.
ZANIS reports that the Permanent Secretary was speaking in Solwezi today when he opened the first quarter meeting of the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC).
He said no officer should feel victimized when disciplinary action is taken against them because he expects civil servants who are sub warrant holders to familiarize themselves and adhere to the financial regulations and the Zambia Public Procurement Authority Act to protect public resources.
And Mr Malupenga disclosed that provincial administration has introduced a system where all departments wanting to do capital projects in the preceding year will have to submit project proposals that will be scrutinized before included in the provincial budget.
He said this has been done to ensure transparency and fairness to all sectors so that money is not allocated to the same projects while others remain unattended to.