President Eedgar Lungu Cuts the ribbon whilst Vice President Inonge Wine Looks on during the Launch of the Perfromance-Based Contract system for Permanent secretaries at Government Complex
President Eedgar Lungu Cuts the ribbon whilst Vice President
Inonge Wine Looks on during the Launch of the Perfromance-Based
Contract system for Permanent secretaries at Government Complex

The Law Association of Zambia has commended the move by the Government to launch the new public service performance-based system for permanent secretaries.

LAZ President George Chisanga said the initiative, if implemented correctly, has the potential to transform public service delivery to all Zambians in all sectors of the economy by creating greater accountability of public officers.

Mr Chisanga however cautioned that more important than the strength of an individual’s performance is the strength of the institutions of the public service.

He said Public service institutions should be run professionally as much as possible, free from political interference, to ensure that the governance structures of the country are robust irrespective of which political party is in government.

“LAZ is of the view that such an excellent initiative should extend to all employees of the civil service. Indeed, section 173 of the new Constitution Amendment Act No. 2 of 2016 provides principles and values that should guide employees of the civil service in the conduct of their duties.

He proposed that, where possible, government collaborates with the private sector to share ideas on how the economy and governance can be improved for the benefit of all Zambians.

“LAZ, like many other stakeholders, looks forward to seeing an increasingly efficient and service delivery oriented civil service.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Zambia good at doing things the opposite way – Why NOT CONTROL THE ENTRY POINT FIRST – i.e. DO THEY HAVE THE APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS to start with??? Were they INITIALLY RECOMMENDED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION???
    Thereafter, one can talk about PERFORMANCE – though WHAT PERFORMANCE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?? Because cadres appointed by Presido will ONLY LOOK TO THEIR MANDATE OF PLEASING THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY & NOT BY PERFORMING AS REQUIRED OF THEM BY THEIR MINISTRY – so is it how much they KNEEL & BOOTLICK that is being assessed??

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  2. We have already evaluated the PF government based on their failure to build the 3 universities they’ve been singing about. Now, here’s our promise; UPND will build the 3 universities in Mongu, Chipata and Solwezi within 36 months of assuming office! VOTE UPND!!!!!

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    • MUTINTA, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME, AND STOP DAY DREAMING YOUR upnd WILL NEVER WIN WITH hh AS A PRESIDENT.

      IFINTU NI LUNGU.

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  3. This will end up as mere rhetoric as civil service pa zed has a different definition of performance. Performance there is when you boot-lick ( actually licking the right boots). If your performance is actually good, then you become a threat to your boss who decides to kick you out of the system and this is the mentality government needs to address before implementing this system.

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  4. Why should a president appoint a ps? A civil servant is not a political appointee. Party cadres should get their rewards in political posts such as cabinet. Now politicians have blocked career civil servants from aspiring to their highest post. Zambian opposition is weak for allowing such misuse of presidential power

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  5. Stoopid lawyers! Aren’t they supposed to know that it is illegal for the president to appoint PSs in the first place?

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  6. Abana baka Kalusa a.k.a (hh) everything you object no wonder you will never rule this country until 2050.

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    • 2050 too soon. How about Never. We need to disempower UPND out of Zambian Politics so decent and able Opposition comes through. Too many people are holding up this attempt to dictatorship via the ballot box.

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  7. The Civil Service in Zambia is rotten and it will have to take more than changing the performance assessments for the PS to make it professional.From the colonial, outdated bureaucratic working system to the corrupt, under-performing, solitaire game-playing, private business-conducting old workers up to the new & always-on-facebook young ones joining, it’s a complete mess. Performance based contracts should be extended to all Directors and their subordinates and everyone joining the civil service must have Key Performace Indicator Targets and must be reviewed every end of year for renewal of employment contract. It will be extremely difficult to implement but we have to start from somewhere.

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  8. From all the negative comments here, it’s clear President Lungu has done very well in introducing these measures, and that proves he is the Strongest Contender for 2016.

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  9. How can you have a performance based system for PSs only? What about the rest of the Civil Service?

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