Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili
Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili

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

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22 COMMENTS

    • Kambwili is a sick guy. He rants stuff that barely makes sense. If civil servants are airing out grievance of delayed salaries, how is that cheap politics?

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    • khikikikkki…anyone close to Kambwili? Just when did he last took a bath?….yabaah……, but pa Zed…it is such a game park…Anyway, it’s so good people can now have something to enjoy looking at, and possibly use it in the evenings, Courtesy of PF.. I am actually seing one of those PF Divas taking Kabwili, David Chama or Frank Bwalya to court in a 3 year’s time for child support and maintenance claims…Just wait..PF does it all..

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    • Due to reduced cash-inflows caused by various economic factors, Government has not been able to pay salaries earlier than the official pay day.

      Good that Kambwili has accepted the delays are as result of poor economic outlook under the PF lead government. Now dear minister note that, the situation is so due to incompetency and corruption of the highest order under your rule.

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  1. Dull Kambwili you have just waffled in your statement and showing the whole nation what a mediocre GRZ spokesperson you are. You have dismally failed to address the issue behind the civil servants’ speculation that PF is diverting money meant for salaries to campaigns.

    For people to believe your rant , you must explain why Lungu goes around campaigning with huge entourages and spending huge sums of money transporting PF cardres to venues of rallies when civil servants salaries are delayed.

    If its not government money meant for salaries being used, then tell us the source of your campaign money chimbwi iwe?

    These PF thieves must go on the 11/08/2016 without fail.

    Chagwa must fall.

    Vote UPND and HH for a better Zambia.

    By Wanzelu.

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    • I am more articulate than the entire opposition, and I am sure they are behind all this distortion. Salaries were paid on time it is just that the banks were slow in processing the salaries.

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    • From 2008 under MMD to 2015 under PF, Civil Servant salaries were paid before the 22nd of every month. This followed the introduction of the Direct Debit system where the Ministry Finance directly deposited salaries into workers’ accounts. I September, 2015 salaries were for the first time paid on 23rd of the month. From September, 2015 civil servants salaries have been paid around 23rd of every month. The May, 2016 salaries were paid on 30th. Thus the delay being talked about here is that of paying salaries on 30th instead of the usual 22nd of every month………

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    • If salaries are delayed for 3 days every month and this continues for 12 months, it translates into 1 month without pay for our brothers in the civil service.

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  2. Zambians must not be intimidated by people like Kambwili. If Civil Servants Salaries are delayed without explanation anyone is free to speculate, including suspecting that the money has been diverted for PF Campaigns! To avoid speculation pay Civil Servants on time!

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  3. Someone needs to challenge these illegal ministers of Lazy Lungu…where are you funds to hire stadia in Ndola and Lusaka? Zesco?

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  4. Chishimba Kambwili. do not insult our intelligence. you are busy enjoying our hard earned money, the least you can do is try to be modest and admit Governments mediocre and selfish acts. like it or not, we have seen the incompetence of this Government and we are kicking it out on August 11. prepare for life as back bencher.

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    • Backbencher?

      Will this comic clown still be in Parliament talking his nonsense after 11 August?

      I don’t think so!

      Not if the People of Zambia exercise their vote wisely!

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  5. We should create a Ministry of misinformation and services with the following staff:
    Cabinet Minister – Hon Chishimba Kambwili
    Deputy ministers
    Hon Mumbi Phiri
    Hon Frank Bwalya

    Permanent Secretary – Hon Brian Hapunda

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    • @ Ndetila nati

      Please, put me out of my misery.
      Such group of leading ” intellectuals” of and members of ruling “political intelligentsia” merit also similar spoke person…………..
      Please, who merits to speak on behalf our Doctor and his disciples?

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  6. kambwili learn to speak the true at least for once.everyone knows that the money you are using to ferry cadres to the disaster stadium and levy mwanawasa is civil servants salaries.piece of advise to the civil servants:vote this pathetic failures out on 11 august and usher in a new government UPND.dont say i didnt warn u,i have spoken.

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  7. Kambwili UBUTUTU, Honorary-degree recipients may be addressed as Dr. (Name) in correspondence from or conversation by the granting university. But not at other universities – and not in their professional life off campus. It’s a great honor, but it is an honor, not an earned degree. Recipients of honorary doctorates are not entitled to be addressed as Dr. except at the granting university.
    So Kambwili stop posing as someone with an earned Doctorate. If you really want it as you seem to be, go for an earned doctorate! For now you are using the honorary doctorate fraudulently!

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  8. Let us be sincere and treat our voters with respect. Ba Kambwili mwalishiba ‘ti ababomfi kufola palya mwabebela. At some point you worked in the mines, was there a day that the mine had to skip a pay day? You are there and people expect you to impart standards so that schedules are followed. Do not be selfish mwebantu, pay as agreed period.
    Has there been a day that you guys had not been paid your parliamentary sitting allowance and you keep quiet? These that you are mistreating are the voters. The luck with you is you are standing in the mining constituency where there are fewer civil servants. MWEBANTU ISUKENI IMITWE KAMBWILI NI SWINDLER!!!!!!!!!!!

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