Mr Kampyongo disclosed that Government was aware that the civil service was gripped with indiscipline.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on acting Livingstone District Commissioner (DC) Harriet Kawina at her office on Saturday, Mr Kampyongo stated that civil servants were obliged to observe the ethics that governed the public service.
The minister, who was flanked with Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya, appealed to Ms Kawina to ensure that there was discipline among the people that she supervised.
“I want to appeal to you madam acting DC to ensure that there is discipline among the people that you supervise in this case the civil servants and all the department s that are falling under you.
“We have always stated that public servants must observe the ethics that govern public service because the code of conduct is very clear on how civil servants should conduct themselves, ”Mr Kampyongo said.
He said it had come to the attention Government that some civil servants had opted to be politicians and civil servants at the same time.
“It has come to our attention that some of your civil servants have opted to be civil servants and politicians at the same time but that will not be tolerated and must make that very clear If you want to participate in politics, the guidance is very clear, you leave the civil service and join us in politics but if you want to have it both then certainly we shall help you exit the civil service.
“We have warned people even before we went to the general elections that those that had gone off line needed to be in line but some didn’t listen and so we need to take stock of who is doing what and those that are not going to be in line, let us know so that we help them get out and join us in the political field,” he said.
He called on Ms Kawina to continue providing leadership so that the civil service in Livingstone can grow.
“It is very important that as you are sitting in as acting DC, you are equally responsible to oversee all the departments. You need to get on top of things and make sure that people are brought in line.
“Continue providing the leadership that is needed here even as we wait for the new District Commissioner to be appointed and everyone has an obligation and responsibility to support you and anyone who doesn’t support you, you have the powers to recommend for disciplinary measures to be taken against them,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Ms Kawina assured the minister that the political situation in Livingstone was calm and that all political parties were working in harmony.