All public service workers who have applied to contest for political office in the August 11th general elections have been directed to immediately disengage from the Civil Service.
In a statement released to the media by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, the directive which has been made by President Edgar Lungu is intended to protect the integrity and impartiality of the Civil Service.
Below is the full statement
President Lungu Guides Civil Servants
MPIKA (Sunday, March 13, 2016)—State House has announced that all public service workers who have applied to contest for political office in the August 11, 2016 general elections must immediately disengage from the Civil Service.
The directive by His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia is intended to protect the integrity and impartiality of the Civil Service as it implements government programmes before, during and after the elections.
The directive covers all public service workers employed directly in the Civil Service and those in parastatals.
The President is desirous to see an impartial and professional Civil Service devoid of the undue political pressures. The President has emphasised that the current political season ahead of the polls must not be used by anyone to bring confusion in the Civil Service
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS)