Chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said Government is disappointed with remarks by Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia president,David Chiyobe that Government must refrain from using funds meant for workers’ salaries for political campaigns ahead of the August 11 General elections.
In relation to the delay of payment of salaries The Post Newspapers quotes Mr.Chiyobe as saying “It has always been a trend, it is a known fact and it is in the public domain that if there are bigger events around the corner, people always get paid late,” Chiyobe said.
ubushiku umukote alubile elo chimbwi anyemfwi, balalanda ati ninani uyu ulile umukote, nichimbwi
“In Bemba they say ubushiku umukote alubile elo chimbwi anyemfwi, balalanda ati ninani uyu ulile umukote, nichimbwi (the day an old man goes missing and you see grey hair in a hyena’s faeces, what will people say has eaten the old man? It is the hyena). So those are the challenges. You will realise that if there are big events being done by the government, normally, our salaries will be paid late.”
However Dr.Kambwili reiterated that under the multi-party dispensation, a ruling party cannot be allowed to use public resources in political campaigns. He said if it was done in the past, the Patriotic Front Government will not and shall never use public funds for partisan programmes.
Below is the full press release
Government is disappointed with sentiments attributed to Mr Davy Chiyobe, the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia president that civil servants are very angry that their salaries have consistently been delayed.
In The Post edition of Monday, 6th June, 2016, Mr Chiyobe was quoted as saying the Government must refrain from using funds meant for workers’ salaries for other programmes such as political campaigns ahead of the August 11 General elections.
Government wishes to state that under the multi-party dispensation, a ruling party cannot be allowed to use public resources in political campaigns.
Government further wishes to state that if it was done in the past, the Patriotic Front Government will not and shall never use public funds for partisan programmes.
That is why the statement attributed to Mr Chiyobe was unfortunate, unfounded, and inordinate.
Government, therefore, wishes to warn civil servants to observe civil service etiquette and Standing Orders which prohibit civil servants from issuing politically charged statements. Mr Chiyobe should not abrogate his responsibility as a civil servant under the guise of being a union leader.
The union leader should know that Government raises revenue from tax payers’ money and also receives money from donors on behalf of the Zambian people and such careless statements have the potential to flare anger among citizens and cooperating partners which may lead to withholding of aid to Zambia.
Such a scenario will only hurt the very people Mr Chiyobe is pretending to protect.
Government wishes to remind civil servants that the official pay day is the last day of the month but in the recent past Government has paid civil servants earlier because funds have been sourced in good time.
Due to reduced cash-inflows caused by various economic factors, Government has not been able to pay salaries earlier than the official pay day.
Government wishes to reiterate its warning to civil servants to stay out of politics and to ignore statements such as that of Mr Chiyobe which smacks of cheap politics.
Hon. Dr Chishimba Kambwili
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesman