SECRETARY to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska
SECRETARY to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska

SECRETARY to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska says the public service will have a new outlook from January 1, 2016.

Dr Msiska said following President Lungu’s address at a press conference recently, measures have been instituted in the public service to reduce costs.

“The President talked about abolition of personal-to-holder vehicles, reduction in delegations when travelling out of the country among others. All this will happen in January, so come 1st January 2016, you’ll see a very different public service,” he said.

He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at Cabinet Office, where he led a group of civil servants in cleaning the surroundings in accordance with President Lungu’s directive of making Zambia clean.

Dr Msiska said having a smart Zambia is about ensuring that surroundings are clean, hence the presidential directive to conduct clean-up exercises every first Saturday of the month.

Dr Msiska noted that the original plan for Lusaka was that it be a garden city.

“Look at these plastics lying around. They block drainages during rainy seasons and then water damages the roads. How can Lusaka be a garden city like that? It doesn’t cost anything to have a clean environment,” Dr Msiska said.

He also said it is the duty of every Zambian to ensure that Lusaka becomes a garden city by ensuring that litter is disposed of in designated places.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. ……..I can bet with you no Tonga will participate in the cleaning much as the directive came from the president.

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    • You don’t need to be tonga to note that this is foolish. Live in a dirty city for 30 days then clean it on the 31st & the cycle starts again. What’s that?What we need is empowering our municipal/city fathers to run our cities. They will introduce implementable bylaws that will force us to change our mindsets towards keeping ourselves clean. What we need is decentralization of decision making now. It doesn’t need to take a president to tell us to bath.

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    • I am a muBemba man. Your hatred for the Tonga people will eat you up from within. Tongas are just as human as you are. How dare you insult people you don’t feed?

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  2. Little too late. This should have been done from day one.Tanzanian President John Magufuli is barely three months in charge but look a the difference he has already made. That is vision

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    • I can bet with you that no Tonga will support the smart Zambia campaign. Just read through the comments and you will believe me. The fact that it is coming from ecl they will condemn.

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    • Working on Saturday taking time from families is abuse of employees. Children deserve to be cleaning their homes with parents after a long week at school.
      It will not even last 2 months the campaign is useless. What happened with all those shouting at day of prayers?

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    • copycats. why now?? 2016 is a year of election, who are you fooling? you would have brought these measures in 2011. too little too late.

      Zambians have to change their attitudes, they have this mindset of abusing anything that does not belong to them. theft starts from big boss.

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    • There is an adage which says “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”. So we can at least pat him on the back for coming back to his senses.

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    • Copy from who? Your Mangufuri will be the worst president. They all start like that. To me he is just a a cadre. What is Tanzania, just a finished country who can no longer produce great leaders. Zambia can’t elect such a president with same calibre as Mulongoti.
      Sata came with renaming airports, travelling in minibuses, calling ministers “muli fipuba”, all useless. He was going to church even sunday, asking his bodyguard to go to his church.
      Mwanawasa undressed Chiluba like a rabbit.

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    • Tanzania is far better than Zambia, Nostradamu. Don’t perpetuate the myth. The political arena in also better organized than Zambia’s

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  3. Why can’t this be implemented now? It’s just a directive that all vehicles be parked. This should include during elections.

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    • Why not start BY TRIMMING the bloated cabinet?
      Here’s something you can do Dr. Msiska:
      # Privatize ZNBC
      # Sell off ToZ and ZDM
      # Privatize UNZA
      # Unpack ZESCO
      # Make BoZ autonomous
      # Begin issung building permits
      # Automate payments of traffic violations

      I gotta go…but I have more. Short term and long term

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  4. so you couldnt think on your until someone do it you just copy. lets hope the tanzanian president can build an office on the ocean we see how you will copy it.

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  5. Why working on Saturday and not Sunday? Why not alternate them understanding some those people are Adventist? Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy…(Exodus 20)

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  6. Copying the Ghana way-every first Saturday of the month is sanitation day.But does this achieve the results.The answer is a sounding no just a time waster and inconveniencing other people.Civil Servants in Zambia work Monday to Friday.If and when they come to clean on a Saturday let us say for 5 hours,do they get paid or its humanism work of the KK era.

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  7. This is nonsense those cars will be all over Zambia during elections let the President cut size of his cabinet first and his salary then we such know he means business. Stop playing politics copying things from Tanzania we are not fools.

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  8. and one vehicle for each minister. And no more fleets of GRZ cars following presidential motorcade!!!! Implement it now!!

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  9. Cry for mother Zambia, it took the Tanzania president to do things for our leaders to see the best way of governance. After all Sata once implemented that policy of keeping Lusaka clean. The country has become a play ground for politians and all the thugs from all over the world who feel want make quick money. Most of the Chinese who are currently in Zambia are ex-convicts….and you welcome them…

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  10. BY THE WAY WHERE DID ZAMBIA LEARN FROM ABOUT THIS PERSONAL-TO-ORDER RUBBISH. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I CAME TO THE UK TO LEARN THAT THERE’S TOTALLY NO PERSONAL TO ORDER AND THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW THE WORD EXISTS. THE ONLY STAFF ENTITLED TO VEHICLES ARE FIELD WORKERS WHO DO INSTALLATIONS, ROAD SWEEPERS, ETC. THE REST (MANAGERS, DIRECTORS, GENERAL WORKERS, ETC) JUMP ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT IF THEY CAN’T BUY THEIR OWN VEHICLES. EVEN THE MAYOR OF LONDON, BORIS JOHNSON AND OTHER MPs CYCLE TO WORK. I MEAN, THIS A RICH COUNTRY BUT THEY WANT TO SAVE EVEN THE LITTLE THEY CAN MANAGE AND YET A DEEPLY POVERTY STRICKEN COUNTRY- ZAMBIA IN THIS CASE INDULGE IN LAVISH CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY. UNTHINKING.

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  11. “It doesn’t cost anything to have a clean environment”. Thats coming from a Doctor Msiska. And we wonder why our Cities are dirty. It costs money to engage sweepers and cleaners bwana. It costs “time” even if you are not going to pay the poor civil servant working on weekends.

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  12. Like I said I.d.I.o.t.s will condemn this article. What’s about cleaning after your mess? Zambians in diaspora are known for fear of littering around because they know it’s bad manners to throw rubbish anyhow. But when they are in Zambia they even remove dirty from bins and throws them out. Just start cleaning you will lose nothing but elections.

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  13. Zambians are really pathetic to say the least. No one has to remind you to clean up but when you are reminded, you start “throwing stones” at the people asking you to change your mindset. Everything in Zambia is looked at from a political point of view and as long as it doesn’t come from someone you doesn’t share your political inclination its BS. Changing leadership won’t change anything as long as the mindset of the average Zambian remains the same. Let the insulting begin…

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  14. Meanwhile the lazy bum Edgar is flying to China in a private jet…he would have simply used a commercial airline from Nairobi or Ethiopia!!

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  15. I thought Lusaka is already a Garden Compound or rather part of garden compound! Come on fellas , Lusaka is dirty! The amount of filthy is award winning.

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  16. It is rather painful to read negative comments on this blog from well educated and exposed men and women. What wrong or crime does one commit in coping good morales or examples? Irregardless of when a directive has been issued, if it is a good one, why not harness the opportunity? Remember there is always a first time.

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  17. I am coming to like this fellow Msiska where cleanness is concerned. Have you noticed that many Zambians have been looking so dirty because of living with dirty. people who have been dying of cholera each year would have been alive is cleanness was maintained. leaders should not think that cleaning is only for cleaners. in the West we clean our own surroundings too. For personal to holder cars, it should be extended to ministers too. Minister’s GRZ cars should only be used for GRZ duties. We need a bad on transporting politicians to RSA and India too.

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  18. Stop one time use free plastic bags in the supermarkets. It’s working well in the UK. Shoots many birds with one stone. Production of plastics uses up scarce energy and pollutes environment. The used plastics makes environment dirty, pollutes rivers, streams, and water bodies like Goma Lakes at UNZA. They also block drainages causing flooding in rainy season.

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  19. This is also a failed plan and a joke of the year. How can this be effected in Zambia only once in blue moon with all the street vending almost everywhere. There should be a law put in place to regulate vending and the other vices.

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