Government has announced that it will soon stop servicing water and electricity bills for police officers living in police camps in order to cut public expenditure.
Historically, the Zambian Government has been paying water and electricity bills in police camps as a way of motivating the men and women in uniform.
But Home Affairs Deputy Minister Colonel Gerry Chanda said in an interview that Government has been failing to offset the huge electricity and water bills.
Colonel Chanda explained that the escalation of water and electricity bills is a matter of grave concern for the government.
‘As a policy matter, You as a police officer employed by the state and living a police camp, you must pay for your water but what has been happing is that because of the general billing system, you find that the bill comes as if all the bill is being used by the institution but we need to start separating the bills per household,’ Colonel Chanda said.
He said Government’s continued paying of utility bills is a mistake which should not be allowed to continue.
‘For electricity, each household has a meter but for purposes of billing, the bill is channelled institutionally but that has to come to end. It is our mistake, we should have separated the water and electricity coming to offices and the houses,’ he said.