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.”